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« on: May 10, 2004 07:10:10 PM »

 Hi,
I was just wondering if anyone has a link or maybe a pattern for cat clothing (jackets, shirts, sweaters, booties etc.).
I was hoping to make some cute kitty costumes for her but I just need an idea on how... kinda got lost  Roll Eyes
(Oh, here's 'Kitty'... yes that is her name  Wink)

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2004 07:33:02 PM »

thats an adorable cat..
but are you sure your cat wants   any costumes? cats don't even like to wear flea collars and the like.
and its not like dogs, who can sometimes 'need' jackets to keep them warm?
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2004 07:43:19 PM »

 Nah, she doesn't mind (she's an odd cat... kinda like my dog, he likes to dance...).
I've put on this little doll dress (doesn't fit her perfectly, cause the dress part is too short and the arm holes are too high) and she didn't mind, she even wanders around in it.
I suppose she used to it because of her harness Undecided
But I was thinking during the winter it get very cold, and that's when I start to find her under my big blanket, so it would be good for her (plus being in a basement room isn't all that warm).
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2004 07:56:30 PM »

i work at a cat and dog boutique...cat and dog shapes are similar. just use dog patterns.....i tried dressing my cats but they don't like it! Sad.....
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2004 09:01:43 PM »

Not really a dress, but these costume patterns always crack me up when I look at them.

http://www.petoffice.co.jp/catprin/english/
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2004 11:17:46 AM »

 Oh! Those little hats and shawls are so cute!
I think I'll make that little housekeeper one...
And I'll serach for some doggie costumes I can alter ^_^
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2004 11:28:15 AM »

lol! That's funny. I think the housekeeper one is the best... The cats have freaky ears though!? Looks like someone have cut them off!
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2004 11:49:09 AM »

tee hee! Those pictures made my day! Oh if only my cat would cooperate...  Oh, and I think that those cats are scottish folds (hence the folded ears). I love 'em, they're so odd. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2004 02:06:25 PM »

Oh my I'd forgotten about Catprin-my mom e-mailed me that a few months back. I love the cute translation 'errors' in there too...hee hee!

My cat is not a fashion cat.  I knit her a super sweater, with pink and turqouise yarn....which she refuses to like. 

Her response was either
a. flatten herself to the ground and stay immoblie Angry
2. hiss and try to bite me when I tried to dress her
or Cry
III. barf in the middle of the floor while wearing the sweater. Tongue

It now lives on my giant bumble doll from Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer..... and he's much happier with it. 

I think that the key to a cat's acceptance of wearing clothing may have to grow up with getting dressed up..... and as you can see from my avatar your Kitty and my foster cat Raja could be sisters!!!  Well except for the creepy human features she's got.....   
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2004 04:30:14 PM »

  Cheesy lol
my other cat was, his name was 'Spaz' (he was Kitty's son).
He simply flop onto the floor, not moving, and giving a really low grumbly-growl .
 Grin What a cute kitty... even with the slightly creepy human-ness she's got!
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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2004 10:26:01 AM »

 Grin haha!
I found these cute little baby slipper thingys....
so I thought I'd let kitty try 'em out, here da pic (she was looking at the lil'birds outside XD)


She looks kinda mad that I poked her  Undecided
oh well  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2004 12:29:02 PM »

What a beautiful kitty!

I used to have a cat - a tortie - that loved to be dressed up.  We would put her in doll dresses, and she would just purr and purr, and go trotting off to the living room to show my brother (who was an adopted son of hers, I swear.  She treated him like a kitten!) 

*sigh*  I miss her.


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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2004 09:59:43 PM »

My cats like to be dressed up, too. Trinity loves anything really girly. She even let me put the colored "no scratch" things on her with no fighting and Mark loves to wear hats. My husband is Air Force and Mark even has a USAF jacket that he wears.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2004 11:43:08 PM »

lol! That's funny. I think the housekeeper one is the best... The cats have freaky ears though!? Looks like someone have cut them off!

Hehe... I missed this one, but the answer:

The cats are Scottish Folds.  The breed is really popular in Japan, from what I understand.
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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2004 09:07:45 AM »

My cats like to be dressed up, too. Trinity loves anything really girly. She even let me put the colored "no scratch" things on her with no fighting and Mark loves to wear hats. My husband is Air Force and Mark even has a USAF jacket that he wears.  Roll Eyes

 Oh that sounds so cute, I'd love to see some pictures of them dressed up  Grin

Well I tried making a sort of crown out of wire, foam and fabric but it didn't turn to well  Undecided
it just flopped down around her neck, lol
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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2004 08:58:34 PM »

I don't really want to rain on anybody's parade, especially on my first (GASP!) post, but here goes...

I have a cousin who's in vetinary school, and I once discussed cat clothing with her, and she was really, really adamant about NOT dressing cats up.  It seems that cats have some sort of weird reaction to having themselves covered up in that way, a reaction that dogs do not share: they simply have difficulty moving, and often go rigid.  My cousin told me that they actually had a LECTURE about this, the professor telling them to dissuade people from habitually dressing cats up and leaving them like that for long periods of time because they will actually just give up moving altogether, or they generally have problems moving and will fall and sometimes strain and hurt their muscles or something...  I guess there is some debate as to why cats do this, especially because dogs don't have this problem.  They think it may have to do with the cat's size and placement of limbs, and maybe cats are not as tolerant to heat or restriction... I don't know, I'm not the veterinarian.

SO, the moral of this story is, if you want to dress a cat up, just make sure you don't do it for very long, because it generally is really, really uncomfortable for them and could be damaging for long periods of time.  But MAYBE if the clothing is super loose...

I hope I'm not the only one who's ever heard this.  Anyone else?
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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2004 11:17:30 PM »

I hope I'm not the only one who's ever heard this.  Anyone else?

I've heard it - it's even a peice of a mean trick to play on your cat.

Plenty of cats I've met freak out at being dressed or - in the 'mean trick' - having a strip of tape on them from nose to tail.  Their body sort of goes into an automatic  crouch, like they're drying to get out from under something.

We all pretty much know what a cat uses whiskers for.  Cat's don't just have 'em on their faces - they have a few on their legs (sticking out from the elbows of my cat!)  I wouldn't be suprised if they had whiskers all over (I donno, never looked.)  So I assume that for some cats, putting them in clothing might disrupt the normal signals they get form their other whiskers.

Still, my cat never minded at all.  She trotted around like a princess, and was as relaxed as ever. 

So who knows?

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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2004 09:06:43 AM »

'... Whiskers are extremely sensitive as they are closely connected to the nervous system. Any damage to his whiskers will cause your cat discomfort, and he may become confused or disoriented. DON'T ever trim his whiskers, and DON'T ever wash them, he will keep them clean himself....'
'... Cats also have a number of reinforced hairs similar to whiskers on other parts of their bodies: over the eyes, on the chin and at the back of the legs....'

 Aren't cats cool? ^_^
Well I know that (most) cat's don't like getting covered by clothing or anything else, but some odd ones (or trained cats) don't mind and seem to love it. My cat being an odd one.
I'm sure cats are smart enough to show to their owners how they feel about clothing.... I know my other cat did Tongue
All in all, I suppose it's up to the cat. I mean if you brought a sphinx kitty to a colder place they might need some clothing to keep them warm. Poor poor naked kitties ^_^;
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« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2004 09:05:54 PM »

'... Whiskers are extremely sensitive as they are closely connected to the nervous system. Any damage to his whiskers will cause your cat discomfort, and he may become confused or disoriented. DON'T ever trim his whiskers, and DON'T ever wash them, he will keep them clean himself....'
'... Cats also have a number of reinforced hairs similar to whiskers on other parts of their bodies: over the eyes, on the chin and at the back of the legs....'

And yet, I had a cat who was *constantly* singing his wiskers, the dumbdumb.  It didn't seem to bug him.

Cats'll pretty much tell you what they do and do not like, I think.

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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2005 11:57:37 AM »


I have a cousin who's in vetinary school, and I once discussed cat clothing with her, and she was really, really adamant about NOT dressing cats up.  It seems that cats have some sort of weird reaction to having themselves covered up in that way, a reaction that dogs do not share: they simply have difficulty moving, and often go rigid.

I think it all depends on the cat. Most will hate it, but some will not only tolerate it, they will act normally. Of course you have to let the kitty have freedom of movement with the costume.

I think it's dopey that they had a whole LECTURE about it.. if I were paying to go to that school I'd be ticked.  Angry
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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2005 12:11:13 PM »

My daughter put a little sweater on her Willy cat.  He got all poopy and gave everyone dirty looks till we took it off.  Usually he's just a big marshmallow.
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« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2006 10:57:28 AM »

I used the pattern herehttp://www.crochetnmore.com/dogsweater.htm to make this little sweater for my kitty. 





I put it on him while he was taking a nap and he didnt mind at all.  He's a little cuddler.
Anyways, I altered the pattern a little bit to make it smaller and to add some different stripes to it.  It's the first thing I've crocheted that I've finished.  I usually just sort of play around to get better at it.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It's still a bit too big but I think he'll grow into it.
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« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2006 11:41:10 AM »

Thanks for posting that web address for the Cat/ Dog Sweater.

I have been looking for something easy to make for my Chihuahua and I think this is just the thing.
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« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2006 06:29:09 PM »

A friend of mine is owned by a sphinx (the down coat rather than real fur coat kitties)

Ramses will wear a kimono that got made for a doll (and he decided to crawl UNDER and a sweater his grandhuman made him.

Failing humans, hot water bottles and clothes he'll snuggle James other feline owner. Thor is a Large Maine Coon who refuses to wear anything other than his collar.

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