15 Purrfect DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Cat

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When planning your Halloween costumes, consider including your feline friends. Some cats tolerate dressing up better than others, so don’t force your animal into wearing something that makes them uncomfortable. They might only be content wearing a costume for a short amount of time, so have a camera ready to capture the moment.

Here are 15 Halloween costume ideas for cats.

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    Pizza Cat

    cat in pizza costume

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    Did you hear that sound? It was the internet exploding because someone combined the internet’s two favorite topics: cats and pizza. Create your own internet phenomenon—and get all those sweet social media likes—by DIYing this pizza cat costume. Simply cut brown, yellow, and red felt to the appropriate shapes and sizes, and hand-stitch or fabric glue the pieces together. If you're not very crafty, there are also pre-made pizza cat costumes available.   

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    Avo-Cato

    cat in avocado costume

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    If you have a clever kitty, they deserve a wonderfully "punny" costume. All you need to make this "avo-cato" costume is a piece of poster board and green crayons, markers, or nontoxic paint. Then, stick your cat’s head through the center...and try not to laugh too hard at them.

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    Jon Snow Cat

    cat in Jon Snow costume

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    Hairy, brooding, and mysterious all are adjectives that can be used to describe both Jon Snow of "Game of Thrones" and many cats. So why not combine the two? If your cat already has a moody outlook on life, outfit them in a simple black felt cape with an attached faux fur collar to match.  

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    Punk Rock Cat

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    For those extra angsty cats, dressing as a punk rocker for Halloween makes sense. For this costume, cut a rectangular piece of fabric from some old denim jeans. Then, cut out armholes, and add a patch or piece of fabric with a punk rock band logo to transform them from house cat to mosh cat. 

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    Doctor Cat

    cat in doctor costume

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    Cats don’t have opposable thumbs, so in reality they’d be terrible doctors. But that doesn’t mean kitties can’t dress up as doctors for Halloween. If you’re crafty, you can make your own version of a doctor costume with some cheap fabric, simple stitches, and stuffing. If you’re not very crafty, you can buy a cat doctor costume

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    Nyan Cat

    Nyan Cat costume

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    Remember when Nyan Cat took over the internet back in 2011? Well, it's still funny—and even funnier when it's a real cat. Cut cardboard and construction paper to the correct shapes and sizes for your cat. Then, add multicolored streamers, and meow-meow-meow the day away. 

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    Doctor Who Cat

    cat in Dr. Who costume

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    "Doctor Who" fans, rejoice! You can transform your cat into Doctor Who—or should we say Docpurr Who? It might be tough to find duds small enough to fit your cat, but if you have some advanced sewing skills you can make a costume that mimics the character.

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    Lion Cat

    cat in lion costume

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    Let your cat get back to their roots by dressing them as a fierce lion. It's incredibly easy to DIY a lion's mane with some faux fur trim. But there are many pre-made options, too. And because this is only a headpiece, you have a better chance of your cat tolerating wearing it versus a full ensemble.

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    Sushi Cat

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    Cats notoriously love to eat fish, so play that up with a sushi costume theme. Whether you make your own sushi cat costume with layers of different-colored felt or buy it online, one thing’s for certain: The irony of this costume should not be lost on anyone.

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    Princess Leia Cat

    cat in Princess Leia headpiece

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    All you need is an old T-shirt and average sewing skills to dress your cat as the most fearless princess in the galaxy: Princess Leia of "Star Wars." Even if you’re not so crafty, a tutorial from 2 Cats & 1 Doll shows how easy it is to make your kitty a pair of Princess Leia buns.

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    Darth Vader Cat

    cat in Darth Vader costume

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    If your cat leans toward the Dark Side, a Darth Vader costume might be in order. You might need to use the Force to get your kitty to wear a Vader mask. But a laid-back cat might tolerate it at least long enough for you to snap a photo.

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    Harry Potter Cat

    cat in Harry Potter costume

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    You don’t need polyjuice potion to transform your cat into a feline Harry Potter. All you need is a baby’s sweater, some felt (for the collar and tie), a pipe cleaner shaped into a lightning bolt, and wire bent into glasses. However, it might take a bit of magic to keep your cat still while you dress them.   

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    Hipster Cat

    cat with beanie and glasses

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    Bring out your cat's general hipness by dressing them in a quintessential hipster outfit. Tie a bandana around their neck, and put a small beanie on their head. Some black-rimmed glasses are the finishing touch, though your cat might be too cool to wear them for long.

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    Bat Cat

    cat with bat wings

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    It doesn’t get any easier—or more adorable—than dressing your cat as a bat for Halloween. You can buy pre-made bat wings or simply cut them out of black construction paper. Then, attach your DIY wings to your cat’s collar with a black pipe cleaner. 

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    Business Cat

    cat with glasses and suit

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    Your cat might do a lot of sleeping on the job, but they can still dress like they mean business. For this costume, just make a simple collar with fabric or felt, and top it off with plastic-frame glasses. Hopefully your cat will keep them on long enough for their job ID photo.