Cats in Hats
April 23, 2003 11:04 AM   Subscribe

Is your cat too superior? Giving itself the airs, is it? Who does it think it is? Deck it out in one of these hats and see its dignity plummet. [Scroll down for the headgear; site in Japanese but pics in universal colour. Via Linkfilter.]
posted by Carlos Quevedo (21 comments total)
Now I know what the feline facial expression of "Kill me. Please." looks like.
posted by PenDevil at 11:26 AM on April 23, 2003

PenDevil, you're wrong. That's "I'm going to kill you, monkey."
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 11:27 AM on April 23, 2003

But still. Leave it to the Japanese to degrade across all species.
posted by PenDevil at 11:32 AM on April 23, 2003

Heh. My cat just had his cast taken off--which was bright green. Which we all signed.

I think he'd consider a jaunty hat a step up.
posted by padraigin at 12:22 PM on April 23, 2003

More Japanese cat humiliation.
posted by dmo at 12:52 PM on April 23, 2003

dmo: Thanks, I really needed to add this to the list of images that will haunt me for all eternity.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 1:30 PM on April 23, 2003

Is it just me, or do all the cats look like their ears were clipped?
posted by 4easypayments at 1:48 PM on April 23, 2003

my cats would kill me in my sleep if i even thought of placing one of those on them.

i made a deal with them when i brought them home: i'll not put silly clothes on them if they don't puke on the furniture. at least i'm holding up my side of the bargain.
posted by birdherder at 1:49 PM on April 23, 2003

Is it just me, or do all the cats look like their ears were clipped?

I think they're just American curls, but I'm not real good with IDing cat breeds.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 1:51 PM on April 23, 2003

They're actually probably Scottish Folds, they're the most common breed of fold-eared cat (there's also an Oriental Fold, but they're really rare and not recognised by most breed associations). They don't look like American Curls to me, American Curls have ears that curl out, not fold in.
posted by biscotti at 4:03 PM on April 23, 2003

Just as a point of interest, my fiance dresses our cats in little outfits sometimes. The cats don't seem to mind - much. I, on the other hand, stand humiliated, jaw agape, thinking, "my fiance is the kind of woman who dresses our cats in little outfits."
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:18 PM on April 23, 2003

Priceless. Thanks for the laugh. I recently cut a hole in a dish rag to make a cape for my cat. He'd step on the end of it with his hind leg and think he was stuck. Too funny. Don't worry Joey Michaels, you will soon be thinking up outfits, too. The cape was my husband's idea.
posted by sadie01221975 at 6:48 PM on April 23, 2003

Excellent link. i really want to get a couple of these for my cats so that my Australian cattle dog is more comfortable herding them around the house.
posted by quin at 7:14 PM on April 23, 2003

I don't know if I could get these things on my cat, but if it didn't feel like it was animal abuse (maybe not abuse, but I'm sure it perturbs the kitties), I would so buy these kinds of things.

The boyfriend and i have regular conversations about what our cat would look like wearing various things (a suit, a fedora, ties, carrying a briefcase.) then we look at the cat and start giggling. Then we debate on whether he should wear whole suits or just shirts and ties...cuz really, how would a cat wear pants?

After my cat had to have surgery, they gave him a little bandanna to wear around his neck to protect the shaved spot. We couldn't decide if he was a gangster or a cowboy. The paisley print didn't help us decide either.
posted by melissa at 7:17 PM on April 23, 2003



v=victim (the cat)
t=time (the time spent in the loving hands of it's fashion coordinator)
a=attire (which is measured in c/h or cuteness over humiliation)*


x=the size of the cat's eyes when the photo is taken**

*past data led us to believe that a was a constant (cuteness and humiliation remain the same regardless of culture or location) but the above links are evidence that Japanese researchers have found ways to increase these values substantially.

**keen observers note that x is directly proportional to the 'intent to kill' apparent in their eyes
posted by cup at 12:30 AM on April 24, 2003

Cats just don't want to please us--so I see all this as abuse. Now pugs--I mean, pugs--don't mind be dressed up at all.
posted by y2karl at 1:50 AM on April 24, 2003

[OT] y2karl: You know, growing up, i never really had much use for pugs. i always felt that dogs should look like, you know, something that looked at least remotely like the wolves they probably descended from. But as a teenager i took a job in Chicago, one of my coworkers invited me over to meet his family and they had this... thing. She was a pug named Rosebud, about the ugliest thing i ever saw. She must have been a thousand years old (or more likely 15), i swear to god i thought it was a gargoyle come to life. The thing is, she was one of the sweetest dogs i had ever met. Changed my whole opinion of the breed. When i asked about the incongruity of her name, they explained that when she was a puppy she was so wrinkled and round that she looked exactly like a little rosebud.

Ever since then i've kinda had a soft spot for the little things. Still, dressing them up as clowns is just cruel. But it's a cruelness that i totally appreciate :)

posted by quin at 2:31 AM on April 24, 2003

Oh, I think the clown pug looked less than pleased, too, quin--but the jester was great. I had some neighbors that got their pugs llittle devil outfits from Archie McPhees. They seem to like to wear clothes.

Pugs are great. We had bulldogs when I was a kid, so I have a soft spot for scrunched up faces--and God knows pugs have health problems related to that--but as personalities, they are great. They are great city dogs, they're perfect for apartment living. And they generally get along with other dogs--especially other pugs.

They have a thing here in Seattle called Pugfest--well, now that I look it up I see they call it Pug Gala--and silly me, I thought it was unique but after Googling, I found there's Pugfests all over the country!

There was a little black pug puppy named Fellini in my neighborhood last summer, and when I first met him, he was about the size of an electric razor. In fact, I'd pick him up in one hand and run him up and down my cheek while he slurped away. He loved it. He looked like one of those exotic Japanese goldfish with the bug eyes flocked in black fur--about 1/3rd head. Unbelievably cute. Bulldog puppies are cuter than the dickens, too, or so I think.

If I ever get a dog, it's either going to be a pug or a French bulldog. French bulldogs purr a doggy sort of way.
posted by y2karl at 3:29 AM on April 24, 2003

Doesn't it seem a bit redundant to dress a cat up like a cat?
posted by Pollomacho at 6:49 AM on April 24, 2003

Excuse me, miss? I'll have what that cat's having...
posted by y2karl at 4:57 PM on April 24, 2003

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