Dressing up in costume is undoubtedly one of the best bits of Halloween, and many of us spend weeks or even months planning our outfits. However, it isn’t just humans that get to enjoy fancy dress on this night of the year. Pet costumes and accessories are a huge industry, and more owners than ever are expected to participate in the trend this year. Whether you plan on buying a costume from a store, or creating something original from scratch, there will be a number of different things that you should consider.
Masks form an important part of many costumes, but when it comes to your adorable feline, it is a risky endeavor that should be avoided at all costs. Why? Read on to find out exactly why you shouldn’t put your cat in a mask this Halloween.
1. Wearing a mask might obstruct her breathing
If you have ever worn a mask before, you will know that the little holes that are provided for your nose and mouth rarely cut it, and you end up panting like a dog – or in this case, like a cat. The airflow through the mask will be significantly restricted, and this could cause your cat to go into respiratory distress. If she can’t get enough oxygenated blood around her body, she may faint or have a seizure, and her major organs could become damaged. Since she cannot remove her mask herself, nor actually tell you she is in distress, this could mean that the damage is done before you even notice.
2. The mask will impair her senses
While her breathing is an immediate concern, it is by far the only thing you have to worry about if you choose to place your kitty in a mask this Halloween. Another major problem in doing so is impairing her senses. If you have worn a mask before you know that both vision and hearing that be compromised. Since your cat is heavily reliant on her senses, she will be both frightened and confused by any impairment. Not only that, but she could actually be at greater risk of being involved in an accident or becoming injured. Not being able to hear properly could mean that she isn’t aware of traffic when she is roaming, and not being able to see clearly could cause her to trip and fall and potentially injure herself.
3. Wearing a mask will cause her to become anxious, uncomfortable and fearful
Your cat doesn’t realize that it is Halloween, nor does she understand why you want her to wear something unusual. It can be stressful enough seeing a bunch of strangers in costume, or the people she loves looking different to normal, without thrusting her into an outfit too. A mask is restrictive and scary for her to wear and could cause her to feel trapped and claustrophobic. Her behavior may change to match her emotions, and she could become withdrawn and fearful, or alternatively aggressive and hyperactive. Keep your kitty happy this Halloween by leaving masks out of the equation.
If you have further questions about what costume to put your cat in this Halloween, our experienced and knowledgeable vets in Birminham, AL would be delighted to offer their advice. Please contact us by calling our vet offices in Birmingham, AL today!