I don't like it. It's easy for a person to forget they've got their pet all wrapped up too hot....for an hour or longer.
I don't like it.
For dogs with short hair probably it would be fine in cold winters, but even so...
Some dogs can have mental problems with this..
I don't like it, i think pets wouldn't want to be dressed in odd costumes or dress.
Cruel and stupid. Animals come naturally prepared for all sorts of wheather... so you can't argue you're protecting them... in fact.. you are hurting them.. so.. totally stupid!
If people are serious about it - I'd say cruel. If they are just joshin' around - I'd say it's hilarious.
It all depends. When we lived in Kansas we saw a hairless dog advanced in years that was literally shaking from cold in the winter. If a little suit that was not uncomfortable and totally insulting could have been secured for such a pet, i think it would even be humane. Making fun of animals is kind of cruel, especially if they love and trust you. Now trying to make them comfortable with the weather, that's another story!
I think it can be cute, so long as you don't take it to the extreme. Dress them up, take their picture to document the cuteness and then let them out of the outfit. I think people who want/force their pets to be continually dressed up don't understand the value of a pet and the pet-human relationship. Overall I'm in favor of being kind to the pet, not frustrating them for my own happiness.
I will admit I have dressed my pets up before but only for about five minutes to take a picture- they don't like it though so I haven't done it in a while. I agree that it is silly to keep them in an outfit all the time because they are miserable and yes that is cruel.
However what about if you live in colder climates? Is anyone opposed to a scarf when it is snowing or booties in the snow?
I honestly think it's cruel! It has been shown that dressing up pets causes them a great deal of stress and in many cases discomfort as well. They can also develop skin conditions and rashes due to the fabrics. I've seen folks put hats on their dogs at Christmas etc. for a couple of minutes to get a photo, I don't think that's cruel, just a bit of harmless fun. But the one's that keep their pets in 'clothes' on a daily basis are being very cruel!
Dogs, cats etc. are beautiful enough the way nature made them, they should be left that way. If special garments are needed for health reasons - for older dogs in winter, special shoes for the search & rescue dogs to protect their paws and so on - then of course that's okay. But otherwise it's cruelty.
I think for the most part it isn't necessary, although there are some exceptions. For example, my chihuahua Apple has very, very thin fur and gets cold extremely easily. He is small as well (6 lbs) so sometimes a sweater is necessary. In the winter time, he gets so cold going outside to pee that he needs that protection to even walk out the door, much less relax enough to use the bathroom. I don't think that dressing up pets is cruel as long as the pet is comfortable, still active, and does not change behavior when in the clothes. I think at any sign of discomfort, irritation, slightest annoyance, etc, the clothes should be taken off the dog. The feeling of clothes can cause feelings of anxiety and fear in some pets. Apple's companion, Boo Boo is a chihuahua mix and he got very stressed when we first tried to put clothes on him, so he can't wear clothes or even harnesses.
Again, I think it is okay when necessary like in the winter or maybe in cold air conditioning, but I don't want to see some pug running around in 75 degree weather with a t shirt on. Dogs don't care what they look like, they just want to run, play, and not get their arm stuck inside their shirt in the middle of chasing a squirrel.
I have a spaniel-min pin mix and he gets so cold, I got him some clothes to stay warm this winter and man he got angry . . He turned into Kujo and I could barely get it off him . . . . Teeth showing, eyes all red - it was awful
My vote, cruel. They don't wear clothes in nature, why force it?
I don't think it is cruel or hilarious-- I think it is downright stupid-- the pets don't like it either. I think they know how dumb they look :-) Mostly it is done to amuse humans so if you like it, go for it-- but don't think that the animal is enjoying it.
Most pets usually don't need clothes. However there are times were it can actually help them. In some places where the outside temperatures get cold and your pet is usually an inside pet, they actually might need that sweater to help keep them warm when you take them out for a walk. I don't find dressing pets as either cruel or hilarious. The two questions you should ask yourself before dressing up your pet is do they like clothes? Do they really need clothes? After considering these questions it’s up to you to make the logical decision about dressing up your pet.
I don't particularly like it myself, as I think its like treating the pet like a doll or teddy bear. On the other hand you can make a case for the Sphynx Cat, must be terrible for them to be hairless.
I think it should be a capital offense. Especially when people dress their animals up like bride and groom.
Besides, that's what kids are for.
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