Ever since the trend picked up online, I’ve wanted to try out the lion mane halloween costumes for cats. Of course, this little furry hood works best if you have an orange or tabby cat since the mane is orange and brown itself. Luckily, we have a perfectly suitable cat! Our boy Loki is a tabby Siberian Forest cat with long hair.
We thought he looked a bit a lion even without the hat, so how fun would it be to bring out his wild side for a quick Halloween photoshoot?
Buying things online can be a bit of a gamble – especially when it comes to pet clothing. I usually expect them to be low quality, so I thought it would be useful to share my thoughts on the particular lion mane costume I purchased. No this isn’t sponsored (sadly) and I bought the costume with my own money.
This lion mane cat hat comes in one size, which is on the large side so I think it should fit most adult cats and small dogs. In fact, the manufacturer states that it can fit most animals up to 15lbs. It fastens with velcro under the chin so there is some level of adjustability.
If your kitty is afraid of velcro sounds, however, it will be a problem (my girl hates it but she is scared of everything)
Because Loki has long hair, it’s hard to tell where his fur ends and the mane begins, so it looks very realistic! Just make sure to tuck your cat’s ears under the hat, if he doesn’t mind. If you don’t, you’ll end up with a mutant, four-eared lion kitty (which could be great for Halloween too!).
A Few Precautions
- I have mentioned in previous posts that cats generally do not like wearing hats or having things on their heads. So this lion mane hat is something you should only use for a few minutes to get that cute Instagram shot.
- Please pay close attention to your cat when you are dressing him up and never leave him unsupervised. The hat can easily slip and cover his eyes, leading to accidents.
- Ideally, you should carry out your cat photoshoots indoors, or somewhere your can’t won’t run away. Costumes can get caught on trees and fences. If you must get that outdoor shot, consider using a leash.
- Some cats like to lick or eat the fluff on costumes. Perhaps they’re trying to groom it? Don’t let your cat do this with the lion’s mane as swallowing the fur can be dangerous.