Those of us who love our pets have a mutual understanding that our furry companions are truly an extension of our family.
Thankfully, nowadays we have so many options to take as best care of our pets as possible.
There are so many services available to our precious furbabies like dog walking & pet sitting services, access to gourmet & specific diet foods, mobile grooming services, training programs, and even therapy!
So it’s not surprising that there is a HUGE array of pet clothes to choose from!
Pet Clothes: The Do’s of Dressing Up Your Pet
National Dress Up Your Pet Day is on January 14th.
Yes, it has its own day!
But, if you’re going to dress up your pet in the latest fashion trends, you need to make sure they’re happy with the idea.
Because, they’re the ones that have to wear the pet clothes and be seen in front of their canine and feline friends!
With the help of our amazing Facebook followers, we’ve included some photos of some seriously adorable pets.
So, here’s what you need to know before buying pet clothes for your pet.
1. Make Sure Your Pet Looks Happy While Dressed Up
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If you know your pet, you’ll know, pretty much as soon as you put any pet clothes on them, what they think of their outfit.
If your dog starts wagging his tail or your cat starts purring, then you know he loves it!
Also, if they’re running around freely like the dog in the above picture, then you know he’s happy.
Lacey, in the above picture, is dressed up as Supergirl and doesn’t seem to mind one bit.
As a matter of fact, she’s owning it!
Git it Lacey!
These goats appear to LOVE their coats; so much so that they’re happily playing with one of their beloved family members!
And this bunny rabbit looks extremely proud to be wearing his Santa hat!
On the other hand, if your pet cowers down, looks ashamed or mad, or doesn’t move much, you can pretty much bet he’s not too happy with his new duds.
As you can see from my nephew’s cat, Abraham’s picture above, he is not happy with his new knit hat.
It even has holes for his little ears to pop through!
But, as my nephew says, he turns into a potato whenever he puts his hat on.
Cats aren’t happy when they turn into potatoes.
With some pets it’s hard to tell if they’re happy or sad, like the above picture.
You never know, this just might be his happy expression!
But you know your pet best and can instinctually decide whether or not you’ve made the right decision to dress them up.
2. Ensure That Your Pet’s Outfit Fits Properly
This guy looks proud to be wearing his fleece.
It looks nice and warm too!
And the most important thing is that it fits him properly.
His pet clothes don’t restrict his movement or prevent him from doing his ‘business’, and they allow him to breathe normally.
Shylo loves her jammies when she’s ready for bed!
They’re not constricting and they keep her nice and cozy.
This little guy’s hoodie is the cutest thing ever!
The only thing I’d worry about with this hoodie is if he was outside and couldn’t use his peripheral vision to see where he was going.
Which brings me to the next Do:
3. Supervise Your Pet While He’s Dressed Up
Always, always, always supervise your pet while they’re dressed in pet clothes.
You never know if or when part of the clothing could get caught in a door or floor vent, or somehow your pet gets all caught up in the material.
They can’t tell you they need help.
So, keep an eye on them like you’d keep an eye on a young child.
If there’s trouble to get in, they’ll find it!
And the last Do is:
4. Take a Picture of Your Pet in His Outfit
Well, you went to all this trouble to get him some pet clothes and put them on him, so you might as well take a picture!
Roxy is one of those pets who LOVES her many outfits.
As a matter of fact, she has a drawer full of them!
Isn’t she gorgeous?
We LOVE the above picture of this pet’s family!
They’re all wearing matching pajamas!
How cute is that?
Do you buy pet clothes for your furry loved one?
We’d LOVE to see your pictures!
Share them with us in the comments!
P.S. If you live in or near Frederick, check out Ballenger Creek Dog Park! Terri takes her dog, Stella there and she loves it!