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Spooky time!

October 31, 2009
By PAULA GINTHER and MAGIC SCOOTER

'Tis the season to receive Halloween cards and numerous emails featuring cute animals dressed as witches, ghosts, vampires or other spooky or creative creatures.

These Halloween holiday pets are usually puppies or adult dogs. On occasion, there is a kitten who is willing to pose for a split second in a costume. For those of you who own a kitten/cat and have ever had the experience or trying to get your feline friend dressed for the Halloween season, then you are all too familiar with the "horrors" that follow with this frenzied fiasco!

When Scooter was 5-months old, I thought it would be a delightful idea to dress him in a pet costume for Halloween and photograph him for memory's sake and perhaps include him on the list of other adorable pets dressed for the spooky season!

Needless to say, the "spookiness" was ready to fall back into my lap with more terror than any haunted place that I've ever visited in the U.S.!

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday and I love to dress in a costume and take on the persona of the entity that I am portraying. Why then would my cat be any different? Silly question!

I had the great idea of purchasing a costume (cute little witch's outfit with a pointed cap and little black cape) that my kitten would look absolutely adorable wearing! Did I mention, silly idea?

At the time, Scooter barely tipped the scale at 5-pounds, however, his muscular build and bad-to-the-bone attitude made him appear to have the abilities of a young Siberian tiger. Not a good idea when you are trying to tie a tiny witch's hat to your pet's head.

I named my young kitten Magic Scooter because he was able to scoot around my home like magic! He took pleasure in hiding in places and then darting out to bite my ankles with razor sharp kitten teeth. Not something that a new mama relishes from her baby boy!

Scooter has never been a "lap kitty" and, after this experience at a young age, I fear that I am to blame for this problem!

I showed him the costume, which he sniffed with delight, but trying to get the little witch's hat on his head was a whole other issue!

Scooter has always had a mind of his own, and "no" has always resulted in a negative reaction!

Placing him semi-securely and snuggly between my legs and lap was not something that he chose to enjoy. The tiny hat resulted in multiple attempts to fit on his head, but he wanted absolutely nothing to do with this idea! Quick jerking measures on his part should have been an easy answer to me that I had better quit while the getting was good! The hat ended up sideways a number of times, but more often it flew off of his head and I had to secure him under an arm while trying for another attempt at putting the hat back where I thought it belonged!

Silly me! If Scooter was not fond of the satiny witch's hat, then maybe he would be happier with the sweet little black cape that completed the costume! Wrong again!

All I needed to do was to put the cape on backwards and flip it over once it was tied. Easier said than done! If Scooter was showing his 'big cat' attitude with a little hat, then I was ready to experience mortal combat with less than 8-inches of fabric with the cape.

All good things must come to an end, and so was it with Scooter's first and only Halloween costume! I gave the effort about 40 minutes and once realizing that this endeavor was neither healthy or happy for either Scooter or me, I finally conceded to his wishes! Needless to say, unlike the dreaded annual holiday photos, this was NOT a venture that would ever be repeated!

For all pet owners who are able to dress your puppies, dogs, kittens or cats for the Halloween season, I salute you! However, I have thrown in my hat and decided that Scooter's beautiful long haired coat is the only thing that he is comfortable wearing and will always be his 'original' costume!

Have a safe, happy and healthy Halloween!

Until next month ... keep purring!

 
 

 

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