5 DIY Halloween Costumes Your Cat Will Love… or at Least Look Cute In (You Might Love Them More Than She Does)

Warning: While these are adorable, if your cat doesn’t like costumes she may scratch the hell out of you for trying to put one on her. Proceed with caution. And long sleeves. And gloves. And maybe a protective face shield.

Mama was a black and white cat that let us put anything on her. I’m assuming she was just super tolerant of children. Kitty was a gray mix who had a fit when we tried to put a collar on her. She hissed at it every time she saw it (even though we had given up and just set it down on the counter). If your cat falls in the spectrum of “I love wearing outfits my humans think are adorable on me,” then this list is for you. If your cat falls on the other side of the spectrum – the “You come near me with that costume and I will end you” side – then you may still like this list, but your cat most definitely will not.

We’ve gathered up five of the cutest cat costumes we’ve seen on the Internet just in time for Halloween. Check them out:

1. Cheshire Cat & Pikachu, Mey Lynn

This costume is extremely versatile. Once you have the basic pattern you make it into anything you want. The video shows costume tutorials for Cheshire Cat from “Alice in Wonderland” and Pikachu from “Pokémon,” but you could turn it into Tigger, a shark or even a pissed off cat in a cute hoodie. Here’s what you need: tape measure, pen, scissors, fleece, ½-inch Velcro, glue gun, mock-up fabric (fabric you don’t care about) and safety pins. If you’re making the Cheshire Cat costume, you’ll also need purple fleece and pink fleece. For the Pikachu costume you’ll need yellow fleece, brown felt and floral wire. Watch the video for the instructions.

2. Bat, HGTV

This costume works best on a black cat, but if your orange kitty wants to go as a bat for Halloween, then by all means, let him! For this one you’ll need clear tape, scissors, 1/2 yard black felt, craft knife, fabric tape measure, straight ruler, black pipe cleaners, spray adhesive and hook-and-loop tape. You can get right wing and left wing templates from HGTV, along with detailed instructions on how the costume is made.

3. Chef, HGTV

How perfect is this costume?! Cats love to eat; why not make them a chef? It only requires two pieces to put on your cat – a hat and a neckerchief. We’d love to see a kitty in a little white chef’s jacket, but we’re not sure many of our feline friends would go for the full ensemble. This costume requires clear tape, white tissue paper, white card stock, red cotton fabric square at least 18″ long and 6″ wide, iron, matching thread, scissors, ruler, white elastic cording and hook-and-loop tape.

This project takes some time, but the result is so cute we think it’s totally worth it. Going to make this one? Get the directions here.

4. Sailor, About.com

Cats love fish, so it’s only natural for them to want to be sailors for Halloween, don’t you think? OK, so maybe not, but it still a super cute costume. To make it, grab a hot glue gun (make sure it’s not hot when you grab it) or fabric glue, white fabric or an old white t-shirt (perfect excuse to throw out that shirt you can’t stand your spouse wearing anymore, thin navy blue ribbon, thin navy blue fabric marker, Velcro, elastic band, scissors, thin cardboard and nautical bead or pendant.

About.com has all the details (including a video) on how to make this costume.

5. Martini Glass, Pet Smart

If your cat’s circumstances mean she’s walking around wearing an E-Collar when she’d rather be dressed up in the perfect Halloween costume, have no fear. Turn that E-Collar into a Martini glass! Even if she’s not amused by it, you will be. Turn her frown upside down by telling her her glass is half full. Yes, we know that a half-full dish to a cat means “empty dish,” but go with us on this one.

You’ll need one plastic E-Collar, one wooden dowel (size varies depending on size of pet), two to three Styrofoam balls (size depends on dowel) and green & red acrylic paint.

Paint the Styrofoam balls to look like olives and allow them to dry. Push them onto the dowel and put the dowel through one of the E-Collar holes. Then snap a quick photo of your cat before she gets mad at you.

If you dress your cat up in any of these or if you have a different one to share, be sure to post a photo of it on the Cat Fancy Facebook page!

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