The 10 Best Cat Christmas Costumes – Jingle Bells…

Jingle bells, jingle bells, it is almost time for your cats to start messing with your Christmas tree lights again soon! Who knew this time of year would roll around again so quickly?  I bet you’re just as excited as I am to keep a constant eye on your cats and ensure the lights are always unplugged when you leave the house.

Now on the bright side of things, we do get some level of revenge on our cats this time of year by dressing them up.  Clothes for cats, who knew that’d be a thing 10 years ago?!? There are a ton of adorable cat Christmas costumes floating around out there, check out these adorable cats if you require proof!

One thing to note is often the costumes are also interchangeable for small dogs, so keep that in mind for any pictures see you see floating around. These cat Christmas costumes come in all sorts and sizes. I’m talking anything as simple as a pair of antlers or as complicated as a full on elf outfit. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most popular ones around.


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Cat with santa hat and beardPrymal Comfort Santa Cat Costume

If you want your cat to have a sweet Christmas hat and a beard this is your best choice! Super easy to get onto your cat and it will immediately make your cat look like Santa Claus!  Now all you need to do is feed your kitty a lot of treats and some cat specific milk and they’ll be on their way to being the real Santa Claus! Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go? Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go? Up on the house top…Sorry, I got carried away.

  • Makes your cat look just like Santa Claus, well, at least her head
  • Adjustable to easily fit cats of varying sizes
  • Side flaps attach with velcro under the chin of your cat
  • Can be hand washed in the case that it gets dirty

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A cat christmas costume that looks like santa clausNamsam Christmas Cat Cosplay Costume

Planning on turning your cat into a full on Santa Claus this year for pictures? If so, this is the right choice for you and your feline friend! This outfit will make your cat look just like Jolly Old Saint Nick and they’ll be meowing in tune while you sing Jingle Bells with the carolers.  Ok ok, I might have gotten a little ambitious, but it is an awesome costume!

  • Your cat will be instantly transformed into Santa upon entering this costume
  • It is made of high quality beam cotton so it feels comfortable for your cat
  • It won’t fade quickly like many other products will after a single hand washing
  • The neck size is adjustable to fit varying cat sizes, the largest is about a 13 inch neck

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The Classic Elk Antler Reindeer Hat

If you’re looking for a classic set of antlers then this is a great go to. It is less impactful than the full on helmet style that often bothers a lot of cats due to covering their ears, but it still gives you that nice wintery feeling when you see your kitty running around with it on.

  • Very fuzzy and the antlers stand straight up to make your cat look just like an elk
  • The small size is aimed to fit a cat with a neck girth of about 7 inches, medium fits about 12 inches
  • It’ll make your cat blend in with any holiday decor so they feel like they are hunting

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A cat costume with a cute hat and a capeWiz Christmas Santa Hat, Bow Tie & Cloak Costume

This sits somewhere between the simple hat and bears and the full one onsie that I noted above. This particular costume is made up of three parts: a hat, a bow tie and a cloak.  Each of the pieces attach separately, so even if your cat happens to dislike one you can drop it and still get some adorable shots!

  • Three different neck sizes (9.8 inches up to 13.4 inches) for varying sizes of cats
  • They are made of soft material, it’s comfortable for your pet to wear them
  • Adjustable velcro straps adorn the pieces to make it easy to fit different sizes
  • Super easy to get on and off or your cat as a single piece or as a combo

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A cat costume with a hat, scarf and necktieWiz Santa Hat Scarf and Collar Bow Tie Christmas Costume

This is an awesome combination of a scarf a necktie and a hat that will quickly transform your feline friend into a holly jolly Christmas cat! This is one of my favorites because the scarf is simply awesome and it makes any cat look totally dapper within seconds.  In fact, if this thing was big enough I’d put it on myself. Alas, my head and neck are just too large.

  • Three different neck sizes (9.8 inches up to 13.4 inches) for varying sizes of cats
  • They are made of soft material, it’s comfortable for your pet to wear them
  • Adjustable velcro straps adorn the pieces to make it easy to fit different sizes
  • Super easy to get on and off or your cat as a single piece or as a combo

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A cat in a santa hat and scarfPet Leso Christmas Hat With Muffler for Cats

Simplifying things a little bit, this is an excellent two piece combo for your cat to get into the holiday spirit and get ready for Christmas day. You’ve got a wonderful looking hat and a sharp looking scarf to accompany it.

This one you’ll want to make sure you measure up front because it only comes in a single size. That being said, if it looks like it will fit then you should move ahead with it because your cat will like adorable! The neck tie length is perfect at about 11 inches.

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an elf costume for cats, three pieces, booties, a necktie and a hat with a chin strapZTL’s Green Elf Costume for Cats

Are you a unique snowflake that always needs to be different? Santa Claus isn’t good enough for you, you want to step it up an additional notch? Then the Elf Costume is right where you want to be. Your cat will immediately become docile and listen to your every request and help out around the house. It’ll be just like you’re Santa and you have an army of elves to help you with whatever you want. Well, maybe…

  • This is a four piece set: a hat, a neck tie and two booties
  • It is made polyester so it is soft, light and comfortable for your little pet to wear
  • The neck is adjustable from 10.2 inches to 11.8 inches, so lots of space
  • Everyone wants a magical elf available for pictures and joy this time of year

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a one piece christmas cat sweaterBolbove Red Snowflake Turtleneck Sweater for Cats

These might be better described as Christmas sweaters for cats than as costumes, but still very nice! If you’ve got a hairless cat then a sweater might be a both festive and practical item for you to get for your kitty. Not only will they look quite stylish for the holidays, but it’ll also do an awesome job of keeping your cat extra warm and cuddly during the cold winter months!

  • It is made of the finest acrylic fabric to keep your pet warm when it is cold out
  • It is machine washable with similar colors which means you know that it isn’t flimsy or wimpy
  • It comes in a bunch of different sizes, the smallest for about an 8 inch neck

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red antlers with a headband for catsWiz Christmas Reindeer Antler Headband and Bow Tie 

If your goal is to turn your cat into a miniature reindeer with strangely red antlers then you’ve found the right choice! These antlers are easy to get onto your cat and give her the wonderful look of apathy (as you can see in the picture to the side).

  • They are made of very soft material to make it comfortable for your pet to wear
  • An adjustable buckle and elastic band make it easy to fit a cat of almost any size (head girth of 10-14 inches)
  • Your cat will look both seasonal and apathetic at the same time, if these pictures are any hint

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cat antlers with a neck strapCat Deer Antlers Christmas Holiday Hat w/ Headband

If you’re looking for a way to make your cat look just like Bullwinkle from Rocky and Bullwinkle then you’re on the right track. These antlers have that wonderful lighter tint to them that is similar to our cartoon friend.

  • Made of soft plush fabric that won’t irritate your cat’s skin
  • The velcro closure makes it super easy to put on and take off
  • Best fit for cats with a neck girth 8″-10″ suitable for cat or small dogs

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How to Measure Your Cat

It is kind of silly, but a lot of these costumes come with a measuring tape. Not terribly useful once you’ve already placed your order. Fortunately it is super easy to measure your cat’s neck with just a piece of string and a ruler or a tape measure. If you so happen to have a flexible tap measure that’s even better. See this quick video below for details, you’ll only really care about the neck for most of the cat Christmas costumes.


How Do I Get My Cat Into the Costume?

Getting cat clothes for cats onto cats can be quite an effort, believe me, I know.  If you’ve ever tried to put a harness on a cat you’ll have some good experience already, but putting on a full one piece or a multi piece costume can take some time, patience and some assistance if you can get it. Key things that will help:

  • As noted above, be sure you measure your cat first and buy a size appropriate costume
  • The simpler the costume the easier it is going to be (big reason the simple hat/beard is my #1 pick)
  • Avoid anything with a mask on it, I know I didn’t pick any, but I’d skip it in general
  • Buy your costume early and introduce your cat to it over several days: let her sniff it, feed her treats while it is nearby, drape it over her and feed her treats
  • Put on the easiest pieces first to see how your cat reacts, take it slow and don’t force it
  • Be patient, it may take a few attempts to get the costume on to your cat
  • If your main purpose is to take pictures, plan ahead and have everything ready to go the second you get the costume on

Wrapping it Up On Cat Christmas Costumes

As you can see there are a bunch of options out there to make your feline friend as festive as possible! You’ve got sweaters for cats, costumes for cats and everything in between!  There are so many choices you could even try them all out and see which one your cat likes the best (or maybe doesn’t immediately attempt to shake off!).

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing cat Christmas costumes is that you’ll have to be patient with your cat to get them to try the costume on.  Cats generally would prefer to not be wearing a costume so you’ll have to have some patience! Also, be sure to have your camera handy the minute you get a costume onto your cat so you can snap pictures before they run off and hide!

Please leave a comment below or email me directly at Craig@StuffCatsWant.com if you have any thoughts to add to this article. If you also have adorable pictures of your cats in any of these outfits then please do send them along and I’ll post them up!

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6 thoughts on “The 10 Best Cat Christmas Costumes – Jingle Bells…

  • November 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm
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    This is awesome! I always complain about stores not carrying cat costumes, but always having dog costumes. My Yoruichi better watch out! She’s getting decked out this year! Thanks for posting.

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    • November 29, 2017 at 10:34 pm
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      Hahaha, too funny. Cats are slowly catching up when it comes to all the fun stuff, especially since they are taking over as the more dominant pet in the US these days as more and more people move to cities.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 1:56 am
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    I really like the elk antlers. However, in the past years I have tried to put hats on their head. They don’t like it one bit, though. For instance, they use their paws to get it off their head as quickly as they can. I do want to try the elk antlers, though.

    Do you think it will actually stay on their head? Any ideas?

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    • November 30, 2017 at 9:00 am
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      Cats can be tough with costumes, you’re definitely right there. I think the most important thing is to buy the costume early and get your cat used to it in advance of ever trying to put it on. Let her sniff it, stick it in her bed so she gets her scent on it, etc. Then when you put it on, only put it on for a moment or two and take it off and give her a treat. Then start trying for longer periods. It isn’t guaranteed to work, but often times we humans buy a costume and stick it right on them causing them to pretty much hate it right off the bat.

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  • December 19, 2017 at 5:40 am
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    Very interesting post about cat Christmas costumes.I like your blog very much.This is very helpful for an upcoming Christmas festival.keep it up.

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    • December 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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      Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed the article.

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