Novelty knits are a treasured holiday tradition. From ugly Christmas sweater parties to handmade gifts from grandma, they’re woven into the very fabric of the season.
This year, we’re inviting our pets to join in on the fun. Whether you’re looking for a furry merry cardigan or a purrfect pullover, we found the holly-jolliest cat Christmas sweaters for both festive felines and proud pet parents alike.
Cat Christmas Sweater Picks For Your Pet
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Did you cat ask for a Christmas sweater? Technically, no. But he definitely needs one of these.
You can’t get any more classic than this comfy-cozy hoodie. Featuring a timeless fair isle pattern and plush fleece lining, it’s sure to get your kitty feline Christmas-y. Available in both Santa-ready red and cool-cat grey, depending on your pet’s preference.
Famously hardworking and unfailingly helpful, Santa’s elves are the polar opposites of cats. That’s why we love this kitschy kitty sweater set so much. With a loose crochet weave, this set goes around your cat’s neck and on top of her head, but will leave your feline’s body free. Plus you can always use the hat for a quick photo and ditch it so your cat stays comfortable all night long.
In the wise words of Snowman-in-Chief Olaf, some things are worth melting for—including this adorable hoodie. With a frosty hue, plush knit, and nostalgic screenprint, it’s the perfect mix of cool, cozy, and cute.
Get ready to break the Internet. This cat cardi is available in two holiday prints–Santa teddies or Christmas trees–and comes complete with photo-ready sunglasses, an adjustable collar, and bling for good measure. As a finder’s fee, we kindly ask to be added to your kitty Christmas card list.
Naughty or nice? Most cats tend to be a mix of both (even when Santa’s watching), so this clever hoodie allows for day-by-day updates. When kitty gleefully swats your glasses off the table, simply flip the sequins from “nice” to “naughty.”
Let’s be honest—there’s no way any self-respecting cat would help lug a sleigh around on a cold night. But you could probably convince your four-legged friend to dress up as a reindeer for a quick holiday photo op. This reindeer-inspired cat Christmas sweater should do the trick!
Women’s Cat Christmas Sweaters
We’re not kitten around, ladies—there’s no better way to show your kitty pride this Christmas.
The only thing snugglier than a Christmas cat sweater? A Christmas cat sweater dress. Complete with an oversize turtleneck and pockets (!), this lengthy number features a plump bespectacled feline with pom-pom and sequin details. Add eggnog and Hallmark Christmas rom-coms for best results.
As you can probably tell, we love (like really love) a good cat pun. Available in four colors and designed to look like a classic sweater knit, this playful pullover is actually a plush cotton sweatshirt. (Meaning if your own Santa Claws is feeling a little feisty, the smooth knit is much less likely to pull and pill.)
Available in four colors, this silly sweatshirt has gift advice we can get behind: “Cats for EVERYBODY.” Santa baby, toss a kitty this way.
For next-level feline festivities, consider a custom cat sweatshirt featuring your own Santa paws. This fun Etsy option allows you to send along photos of your pet(s), then turns them into a one-of-a-kind pullover. (It also makes a great gift for the cat fanciers on your list!)
Men’s Cat Christmas Sweaters
Fellas, these fa-la-la-la feline sweaters are for you.
Boasting three different types of animal prints (leopard, lion, and cheetah) as well as a saucy Santa kitty, this pullover has a wild side. Pop it on for everything from family parties to Zoom meetings when you want to bring that Big Cat Energy.
Pizza, beer, DJ cat: This aggressively silly pullover is its own holiday party. Plus, it’s practically guaranteed to win your office’s ugly sweater contest.
In the age of the Ugly Christmas Sweater, there tons of kitschy cat designs out there. This one, however, will probably still turn heads. Featuring a giant demonic Santa cat with laser beam eyes, it’s loudly and proudly on the naughty list.
Have an evergreen assassin on your hands? Celebrate (and/or shame) your mischievous pet with this festive pullover. Balancing tradition and novelty, it features a classic fair isle frame around a kitty mug shot. Busted, little buddy.
Tips for Getting Your Cat to Wear a Sweater
Everyone loves a well-dressed cat. But cats tend to be wary about clothing – and some may never warm up to the idea. Before shopping for a cat holiday sweater, consider the following tips.
Never force it. We’ll start with the golden rule: If your cat is displaying signs of stress or anxiety while trying on or wearing clothes, do not attempt to coax or force them into the garment.
Find your fit. Your cat’s sweater should fit close enough to the body that it doesn’t get caught on furniture, but not so tight that it limits movement. Bulky clothing that impedes vision or hearing should be avoided.
Avoid small parts. Cute embellishments can quickly become choking hazards!
Monitor your pet. Don’t leave your pet alone after introducing a new sweater. Monitor them to make sure they’re comfortable, and that the garment doesn’t restrict movement.
From our kitties to yours, meowy Christmas to all, and to all a good knit!