As a rule, cats don't need to wear clothes. They have an insulating layer of fur that keeps them both warm and dry, so they don't need another layer to keep them protected from nature. But there are times when a little bit of bling can be a good thing for a cat.
For example, I'm putting Fergus in his little green bow tie here to help grab attention for a very special little kitty (more on that in a minute). I need the tie to help me tell the story. And since I'm using the tie in the right way, it doesn't bother him.
My secret: Photo shoots with clothing and cats must happen very, very quickly. I had the lighting for this shoot all set up long before Fergus came into the picture. And I didn't pop his tie on until I had my camera focused on the place where he'd sit.
That setup meant the photo shoot was done before he could even complain about it. And I used so many wonderful treats that he was willing to do a little work with me. He even wanted to flirt with me.
So these photos are perfect for St. Patrick's Day. That green on the tie reminds us all of the celebrations to come. So shooting with a tie makes a ton of sense.
But I put Fergus in this costume to help me tell a story of a cat that needs rescuing. Right now, he's waiting at Willamette Humane Society in Salem (where Fergus came from). And he needs our help.
This kitty's name is Gizmo, and he's a 16yo Siamese. He came into the shelter system when his owners fell ill, and he's not having a wonderful time at the shelter. Apparently, he's a little shy when he meets new people. But look at how much he wants to sell his awesome self. This is his official shelter photo.
That hat and tie aren't placed there via Photoshop. Gizmo allowed the photographer to put those props on him, and he stayed in those clothes throughout the shoot.
Let's think about that for a minute.
The shelter is a loud and chaotic place, and it's likely Gizmo didn't know his photographer well. He had probably never been in the photography studio before. He should have been scared and hiding. He should have maybe been a little angry. But he overcame all that and worked with the staff. I think he should get credit for that, don't you?
Gizmo has a good history of living with both dogs and cats. He's been declawed in front, so he will need a strictly indoor-only home. And he will need slow introductions, since he's shy. Gizmo has also come down with a cold in the shelter, so he'll need some TLC while he heals up.
Can you help Gizmo with a share this St. Patrick's Day? Fergus and I will thank you for it. He needs our help!
20170318 update: I'm happy to report that Gizmo was adopted!