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Cat charity slams kitty couture

08 February 2015

4 February 2015

The UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, has issued a strong warning against dressing up cats following recent internet trends.

This comes after reports that a student in Switzerland is making a lot of money selling kitty couture to customers in the UK.

“We are really disappointed to hear this as forcing cats into clothes can be incredibly stressful,” said Beth Skillings, Cats Protection’s Clinical Veterinary Officer. “It restricts movement and makes them less able to express their normal behaviour, such as grooming. More importantly, clothing can get caught or snagged on furniture or other household objects resulting in injury to the cat.”

The charity added that if a cat struggles while the clothes are being put on then it could lead to a reluctance to being handled or stroked, even after the clothes are removed.
 
It also says the only justification for clothing cats is for medical reasons, for example if it is old, ill or bald. Even this, Cats Protection says, should only be done on the advice of a vet.

“Cats are not fashion accessories and we hope this fad doesn’t encourage owners to treat them as such,” said Beth. “Those who genuinely love their cats will allow them to express their natural behaviour and not treat them as small, furry humans.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Notes to Editors:
1. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
3. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk