Costumes for pets? Yes or no?
I'm surprised how many animal lovers dress up their pets for photo ops. In my experience most animals don't like clothing, hats, etc.
In many of the photos and videos the animal is clearly stressed out.
I realize that there are some legitimate reasons some pets need coats or boots for particular situations, but if you love and respect your pet, why do you dress it up?
I don't see a problem with it if the pets are ok with it. And nothing that is too restrictive or uncomfortable. Just for a short photo op it's not a big deal. My Belle loves any kind of clothing and would get excited when I hold up one of her outfits. Some pet costumes are made in the same design as coats so they aren't all that different from a regular coat. I might walk my dogs in costume coats instead of regular coats. I don't dress up my cats though.
We had a Boston Terrier that LOVED to wear any clothes. He would have gladly worn a costume. If he could find his coat, he would bring it to be put on, even if it was 90+ outside. We also had a pug who did not believe he could move when clothed. He just froze, tipped over, and stay on his side until clothes were removed. We would never have put him in a costume.
It all depends on the comfort of the animal. I have never costumed a pet, but I would not rule it out entirely.
If the pet is fine with it, I'm fine with it.
One Halloween, my youngest dressed as a flower bed. Green sweats with plastic daisies sewn over the front and her face as a sunflower. We got a bee costume for our rat terrier. He acted tough when we put it on him. Then again, he growls when you pick him up. He growls when you touch his toys or food. He growls when you try to sit in the chair he wants.
Anyway, after we get the outfit on him, he's fine and enjoyed the walk, attention, and treats.
No! I don't believe in putting human clothing on animals. I don't think it's "cute", or "funny", or any other damned thing.
Whenever I'd take my girl to the groomer, I'd take off whatever stupid banana they'd put on her and give it back to them.
Anthropomorphism is one of the most arrogant things humans do.
I think it's situational. All 3 dobermans I've owned in my lifetime are, were hams and love the attention, not to mention the snow, rain & cool coats when appropriate.
It also depends on the temperament of the animal and how comfortable the "outfit" is.
I love and respect my pets. They are vetted to the teeth, sleep with us and aren't negotiable in a relationship.
Just look how tortured they are:
No for my cats, unless I can find a sweater that my elder cat would find acceptable. Her coat is thinning as she grows older. She never did have a thick coat, anyhow. One of the reasons my cats trust me is that, for the most part, I don't force them to do things they don't want to do. They hate going to the vet, but I take them anyhow. I also occasionally interfere in their turf wars.
If I lived with Sphynx cats, I'd try to get them as kittens accustomed to warm clothing in cold weather. I do take issue with people breeding for mutations that don't benefit the species, such as creating the Sphynx breed, Scottish Folds, Munchkins, etc... I'm not going to fault the individual cats, though.
US German Shepherds now have a big problem with hip dysplasia due to some ill-advised show-dog standard. I can't remember which dog breeds, but they've been so overbred that most puppies have to be delivered by Cesarean.
Humans are animals, and are the most destructive species on the planet.
I know i was a bit over the top..And i got shit for it. But, pets are. Especially cats. People are infected by this "tribble" parasite.
60% of vertabrate killed since 1970. Keeping pets is part of this debacle. Decadence in action.
And, oh yeah, i watch all kinds of funny animal videos. and i laugh.