Owners Dress Their Animals for the Season: Should Pets Be Dressed in Xmas Clothes?

Living 2012/12/22 18:00:00
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It’s that time of year where people get swept up in overzealously decorating everything they can get their hands on. Some focus on the pretty paper and brightly colored bows that will adorn each and every package they dole out. Others struggle to place just the right amount of tinsel upon each branch of their flocked Christmas trees. And then there are those who go overboard with light displays that are so very loud and bright they cause the neighbors to call the city with complaints.

And while all of these might seem a bit obsessive, they don't really impact the holidays of another living soul. But there is a group of enthusiastic pet lovers who just might be influencing the way their little fluffy friends feel around the holidays. You know the ones. Those chipper individuals who like to adorn their pups and kittens in fur coats and sweaters to ring in the merriest time of the year.

Some animals appear to be enjoying the added coziness of a bit more fur on a cold winter’s day. But others really look like they’re humiliated to be dressed in less-than-dapper human-like duds just because December 25th has rolled around. What do you think: Should Pets Be Dressed in Xmas Clothes?

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  • Drebi 2012/12/23 08:50:05
    Yes. It’s cute.
    If their people want them to wear (unnecessary) clothing (and it doesn't cause them obvious distress), then I see nothing wrong with it. It's not much different than infants wearing clothes (when they don't need them for protection).

    Most of my pets wear clothes when it's cold, and during the holidays. It doesn't bother them, doesn't cause them distress (a few even enjoy it), and it amuses me.

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  • Ang 2015/01/04 12:57:29
    Yes. It’s cute.
    some of them are & as long as they don't go overboard it can be cute
  • BeccaBlueeyes 2013/01/05 21:44:19
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    I don't agree to the dressing them up because its cute. Do any of us adults like being dressed up by others no not really the only animal that should be wearing anything are the winter coats for small dogs. But to do it for fashion or cuteness is ridiculous!
  • BubbyBobble 2013/01/05 07:18:15
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Yes, but only if it's something that they're comfortable in. My little babies need their sweaters to stay warm. :)
  • codie.paul 2013/01/01 19:58:15
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Im not big on animals being dressed but a shirt for holidays is cute and cool and funny
  • Magie 2012/12/29 21:43:42
    Yes. It’s cute.
    If the animal is comfortable in it then why not. Its the owner that spending money and if its not hurting the animal like mentioned then I don't see anything wrong with it. Just don't exagerate and also like mentioned if its hot use common sense.
  • BaylorT 2012/12/29 13:55:40
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    It's not even that it's embarrassing, It's disgusting. Dogs and all other other pets are not meant to wear clothes so why do people do it. I hate it. (I guess you can tell I'm a bit of an Animal Lover)
  • raven.dnightmare 2012/12/26 18:29:17
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    Pets should have to wear clothes, period.
  • Jesferkicks 2012/12/26 17:47:26
    Yes. It’s cute.
    the pets don't care, why should I?
  • Bob Anderson 2012/12/26 15:38:43
  • rich 2012/12/26 15:31:31
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    In the winter, according to my Vet, they do need clothing, especially if they are older and outside because it helps with arthritis when they walk -- at least it helps Gurl-dog limp less. But anybody, human, canine or feline, dressed like a Christmas tree should be embarrassed! Truly! A black sweater is tasteful though and she likes it. LOL
  • unaff 2012/12/26 15:05:52
    Yes. It’s cute.
    I used to have a problem with dressing animals until I got a small dog as a stray. She was constantly shivering, so I broke down and bought her a sweater, very out of character. It helps her be more comfortable and when it comes out of the dryer, she rushes up and actually sticks her head into it.
  • Lady Winters 2012/12/26 15:03:15
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Lady Winters
    I don't do it personally; but I got a Christmas dog shirt for my mom's puppy. It was sweet.
  • Denny Boy 2012/12/26 14:44:44
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Denny Boy
    thats.... just...... CUTE!!!!!!
  • Luna Wren 2012/12/26 13:13:17
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Luna Wren
    Only in the house. But it's so cute
  • Mary Mary 2012/12/26 09:07:59
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    Mary Mary
    Too hot
  • Alexandria. 2012/12/26 08:31:46
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Oh good yes!
  • ShinyUmbreon01 2012/12/26 07:14:52
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    Pets should never be dressed in any clothing unless it's a sweater for warmth.
  • joe mauro 2012/12/26 07:12:09
    Yes. It’s cute.
    joe mauro
    its up to the pet
  • calvin236 2012/12/26 06:17:18
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    and Cute. I don't like animals being forced to wear them, but they are pretty cute and funny when they wear them.
  • ~TheDreamer~ 2012/12/26 04:21:27
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    No, because it's stupid and I don't think the pets like it that much at all.
  • Nikki<3 2012/12/26 03:25:04
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Should they? Not necessarily. Is it adorable? Yes! santa kitty
  • Ramón 2012/12/26 03:19:48
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    Not embarrassing, but there was no "NO, dogs dress in fur" option.
  • Mike 2012/12/26 02:09:14
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    looks very silly to me!
  • zcberry 2012/12/26 01:07:15
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    Ain't no way I am dressing my dog, he get loved and feed that is good enough!!!! Yall done lost your minds......
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/12/25 21:21:10
    Yes. It’s cute.
    I don't see nothing wrong in dressing up your animal for Christmas or any other occasion. It's cute and fun to look at them I think(:
  • Beccy 2012/12/25 20:58:28
    Yes. It’s cute.
    My taco dog gets cold and needs a sweater this time of year.
  • Drageona 2012/12/25 19:28:28 (edited)
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    Personally I would not dress my Border Collie in anything. Sorry to each his own
  • nothing... Drageona 2012/12/25 21:22:34
    I respect you and anyone else decision on what they do with their animal.
  • ButterflyEcho 2012/12/25 19:18:18
    Yes. It’s cute.
    As long as the pet doesn't mind, who cares? It may help him/her stay warm, too. People care too much what others do, especially when it doesn't affect their lives. Plus, if the cat wants to don a santa suit, more power to him/her, I say!
  • Meggies1104 2012/12/25 18:48:03
    Yes. It’s cute.
    If they want to, then let me.. sometimes people really only have their pets.. no on else, it might make them feel better when they do that. I
  • robert.goldsmith.14 2012/12/25 16:15:46 (edited)
  • nothing... robert.... 2012/12/25 21:23:20
    Yes, I agree with you.
  • Rocki 2012/12/25 09:40:39
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Our Dog Wrigley loves his costumes.
  • nothing... Rocki 2012/12/25 21:24:01
    Smiles. I image how he wiggle his tail in them(:
  • Dark Dragon Goddess 2012/12/25 06:41:50
    Yes. It’s cute.
    Dark Dragon Goddess
    Would help some pets with the cold harsh weather. There needs to be a "maybe" or a undecided option. I don't exactly dress my puppy for the holidays but I will put him in a vest or something because I don't like to see him shivering when he's outside using the bathroom or wants to play. Fur doesn't always mean they are warm and cozy.
  • nothing... Dark Dr... 2012/12/25 21:24:36
    Yes, and if they look cute in them, why not(:
  • Dark Dr... nothing... 2012/12/27 05:46:33
    Dark Dragon Goddess
    Indeed! :D
  • nothing... Dark Dr... 2013/01/06 07:27:09
    Thanks, Darkgami(:
  • santosh umap 2012/12/25 05:51:53
    Yes. It’s cute.
    santosh umap
    I'd prefer an "it depends,"
  • Jezebel 2012/12/25 04:47:46
    No. It’s embarrassing.
    I don't think it's 'embarrassing' per say. It's just outright stupid.
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