Christmas #CatShaming #GuiltyAsCharged

I’m not one for dressing up my cats for the holidays. But while picking up cat food at Petco I saw this…

lumber jack holiday cat hat from PETCOIt changed everything. Immediately I envision my sweet Kip as a lumberjack kitty, much like the one displayed on the tag. (note the ear holes – ha!).

“Time for joy” I guess we’d see about that!

Seeing each of my cats have their own fans, I went the democratic route to determine who should try the hat first (or who I should attempt to get to wear it!).

Guess who won?

Don't even think of dressing me upYup, Petie.

Ignoring all non-verbal cues displayed in the photo above (“Don’t even think about it Ma’), I was determined. It was for his minions!

Below you’ll find the first shot taken after donning hat.Β  Not exactly the look I was going for. And nothing like the “joyful” kitty on the tag.

cat hates holiday hatAfter some cajoling, (read: treats) he came around and just look at the adorable shot I got (below). It’s true you can’t see his ears. They retracted immediately after I yanked them through the ear slots.

cute cat in holiday lumberjack cat hatWhile Haddie put up less of a fight, she wasn’t exactly the picture of holiday cheer. Though I’m happy to report as you can see, one of her ears paid attention and stayed put.

cat in holiday hat The cat I’d envisioned in the hat in the first place was my most unhappy and clearly embarrassed customer.

Kip refused to make eye contact. Even after said hat was removed.

cat shamed by holiday hatBut I was undeterred and by now on a roll, digging up an old set of kitty antlers.

Petie was still cornered on the chaise lounge so I went for it. Look at those eyes! Oh dear. But he’s sending mixed messages if you ask me. Note the perfectly posed prancing reindeer feet!

cat shaming cat with antlersA short while later, post-antler removal, Petie decided to love on me. All was forgotten and forgiven. Or was it?

Someone reminded me of the famous saying, “revenge is a dish best served cold.” One would imagine these sayings come about for a reason. perhaps he was merely lulling me into a false sense of security?

forgiven? or cat preparing for revenge?It will come as no surprise to you that I’m not alone in amusing myself around the holidays with a cat hat or two. In fact some brave (?) souls take it a step further. A quick search on Instagram reveals 8,073 uploads with the hashtag #santacat.

I spared you the effort and found the best/saddest ones for a post I wrote for The Cat Channel today titled: “Santa Cats of Instagram: Meet the eight types of cats in Santa hats you’ll find this holiday season.” They range from “I will kill you in your sleep” to “OMG I’ve been paralyzed. It’s worth a look!

The Cat Channel #santacats of Instagram

The Cat Channel article, “Santa Cats of Instagram”

Did you get “festive” with your cat(s) this year? Any scars? Sleep with one eye open. Even the REAL Santa may not be able to save you!

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20 Responses to Christmas #CatShaming #GuiltyAsCharged

  1. dezizworld says:

    Cute posty. Yep sis Lexi and me boff had to don da santa hat. Sis Lexi dusn’t mind wearin’ hats too much. Me on da udder hand, me hates anyfin’ on meez head ‘cept mommys hand of luv. Now da clothes…dat’s anudder fing. Me luvs to wear da little hawness clothes, and sis Lexi hates those. MOL Well at least nun of da outfit wuld go to waste. MOL Me even wore da santa suit to da nursin’ home.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

    • Tamar says:

      Thx – non of my cats really liked it! oh clothes – forget about that! LOLOL! awwww you cutes! =^^= are you a therapy kitty?!?!?

  2. jmuhj says:

    Our servant knows MUCH better than to ever even DREAM of buying clothing, hats, or *horrors* antlers for us, the most beautiful, most lovely, most perfect of living beings. (But she loved the pix of Haddie, Kip, and most especially, antlered Petie. She has to admit it. πŸ˜‰ ) Happy holidays to you all — and may those sweet felines get extra treats and play sessions for being so patient and sweet.

  3. Summer says:

    Well, darn – my santa hat photo is going up on Instagram tomorrow!

  4. Gail says:

    Too funny!

  5. Becca Cook says:

    I know all those looks. Hope all of you have a Joyous and Merry Christmas!

  6. pilch92 says:

    I think they all look great!

  7. The joy of your kitties lights your post up MOL ! Meowy Chrissymouse to you all ! Purrs

  8. Debbie Schmidt says:

    You are so brave. I could never. πŸ˜‰

  9. Kaitlin says:

    This made me laugh! My cat Walter acts like he’s dead when I put him in sweaters.

    • Debbie Schmidt says:

      I had a cat that was an inside/outside cat that I saved when the owner died. I decided that even though I would only let him stay inside that maybe a harness would be a good idea to try. He did the same as yours Kaitlin. He acted like he was dying and would go totally limp when I tried to put the harness on him. After a few minutes of lying in the sun though he was magically revived! So cute. Must be part opossum. πŸ˜‰

  10. Rena says:

    Kip is clearly having none of it, but good old Petie is like “All right, let’s just get it over with because I don’t have opposable thumbs, and there’s not a darn thing I can do about it anyway!”