Tuesday, October 1, 2013
October is my favorite month of the year, and now that it's finally arrived, I'm officially allowed to start talking about Halloween!
A few weeks ago, PetSmart offered to send Charlie and Priscilla Halloween costumes of their own, and who am I to deny my beloved kitties the chance to express themselves?
Actually, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have been too upset if the email had been accidentally deleted from my inbox, but still, I forged ahead with the absurdly difficult task of choosing costumes that would uniquely complement their individual styles (in case you hadn't noticed, I take the cat Halloween costume selection process very seriously).
Every year I've noticed an appreciable increase in feline-friendly costumes that are designed to fit a cat's body shape. Although doggie sized suits still reign, I was pleasantly surprised to find an awesome selection of cat costumes on the PetSmart site, ranging from a clown and pirate, to the cutest darn sailor you've ever seen.
If I had my way, Priscilla would have donned a fairy outfit complete with wings and a tutu, but in the interest of not losing an arm, I opted for the pretty princess hat, complete with fancy jewels and festive sprig of tulle shooting out of the top.
Charlie, on the other hand, the sweetheart of our family, also has a devilish side that I thought would be brought of purrfectly by the devil hood. The red cap, with a velcro closure, benefits from sparkling red sequins and black feather accents, and even has a dapper little bow-tie on the neck.
Charlie the Lil' Devil
One thing to keep in mind when selecting a costume for your cat is their comfort level, and what will suit their needs. I happen to know that Priscilla is ok wearing hats (pop one on her head and she strikes a fierce pose), but would not be comfortable wearing an outfit, so I chose accordingly. Also, costumes are fun for photo-ops, but not recommended for long term wear. They should always be worn under supervision.
Once our photo shoot ended, the cats were rewarded with some adorable Halloween catnip toys from the Martha Stewart Pets collection. The feathered jingle witch and pumpkin immediately drew Prissy's attention, while the jumbo mouse was a hit with Charlie, the bunny kick champion.
I love you, jingle pumpkin!
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Disclosure: PetSmart provided us with costumes and toys to review, but all opinions and festive felines in this post are my own.
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