November 2015 Issue

The Pros and Cons of Holiday Costumes

They may spark our joyous laughter, but do our cats really enjoy wearing them?

“There are pros and cons in dressing up pets,” says Allen Schoen, DVM, Ph.D., a pioneer in integrative animal health care and author of Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live. “Dressing up pets is an opportunity for some people to just be joyful, fun loving and it brings the child out in us. It can increase our laughter, which is all positive in supporting our overall health and immune system, but care must be taken to make sure that the pet also enjoys being dressed up.”

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