I’ll level with you: it’s been a long time since I’ve owned a pet. “My cat” actually lives with my mother, and has since I went off to college; after that I didn’t have the heart to uproot her. Still, I’d feel weird getting another animal while “my cat” is still out there.
All this to say, when I last dealt in animal accessories, I felt extra special that my cat had a purple collar instead of a standard red or blue one. Well, times, they have a-changed. Just as it’s now way easier to find human fashion and accessories for even the most obscure TV shows and random memes, so is it true for pets.
People, this kind of blows my mind, even though it should have been completely obvious. It’s like a chocolate triple-layer cake of cuteness. Animals are adorable anyway. Animals are funny anyway. But stick them in a cute costume or a clever collar or give them a monocle and I’m suddenly passing out from how freaking adorable it all is.
Plus – and maybe some animal lovers will take issue with this – I don’t feel the same sense of hesitation I occasionally do when I see little kids decked out in geek-wear. I love a baby geek as much as the next person, but everyone’s probably encountered cases that don’t seem much different than making kids only play sports, or only do dance, or only focus on med school (maybe I watched too much Wife Swap that one winter I had mono). I’m all about letting a kid explore their own interests once they’re past the (incredibly adorable in costumes!) infant stage.
Animals, on the other hand, don’t seem to care much whether their collar is red or blue or covered in 8-bit Marios, as long as it’s comfortable. If they’re willing to don a sweater or a raincoat, they’re probably just as cool with a Yoda hat. You don’t have to worry about whether you’re giving them the freedom to develop their own tastes in pop culture; you just need to make sure they aren’t the kind of pet who gets embarrassed when you squeal and coo and laugh (there are animals who get embarrassed, trust me).
So here are a few things I’ve stumbled across that are just so awesome it makes me want to get a pet (not that I will, that’s a terrible reason to bring a pet into a home, but maybe I’ll do some shopping for friends):
Star Wars Death Star Pet ID Tag from ThinkGeek: Seriously?! It’s small and unobtrusive, but awesome with further examination. And it serves a vital purpose, allowing your pet to be identified – or even saved, since you can store health information as well.
Tardis Mist Martingale Dog Collar from Etsy seller dogsbythebay: I’ve never heard of this kind of collar before, but apparently it’s for tough-and-muscly-type dogs whose necks are larger than their heads. So this understated, dignified, classy TARDIS collar is even cooler.
Gryffindor Dog Wizard Hoodie from Etsy seller Magicwerks: Each Hogwarts student may bring a familiar, so why not deck out said animal with the colors of your House? Granted, dogs aren’t listed as an option, but neither were rats or Pygmy Puffs.
Animal Planet Triceratops Dog Hat from PartyCity: I can’t even. Most of the real squealing happens when you start to look up animal Halloween costumes, but this seems like year-round wear to me.
So what do you think about pets and geek-wear? I don’t think a pet itself should be an accessory, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with their toys and clothes too (Besides, why wouldn’t your best friend have similar taste in pop culture?). Do you geek out when buying for your pet? Any items you love in particular? Share below!