Frequently asked questions
Q: What are fur-suits?
A: A fur-suit is a high quality animal costume, similar to a mascot's costume. It is a work of art that you can wear and perform in. Fur-suits are typically custom-built to fit the performer and to replicate the performer's character.
Fur-suits can be made in many artistic styles, the most common being: Toony, Realistic, Semi-Realistic, and Kemono. A fur-suit in the toony style will have the look of a cartoon animal, so it will often have exaggerated features. The realistic style closely resembles nature, in that the fur-suit will almost look like a real animal. The semi-realistic style is a mixture of the toony and realistic styles, which results in a costume that has a balance of natural and unnatural features. The kemono style originated in Japan and is otherwise known as the "anime style". A fur-suit made in the kemono style will look like a Japanese anime character.
Fur-suits can also be broken up into three more categories: Full-suit, Half-suit, and Partial. Full-suits are considered a complete costume and cover the wearer's body in total. A typical full-suit consists of a head, a tail, a bodysuit, hands, and feet. Half-suits cover most of the wearer's body except for either the legs or the torso. Half-suits consist of a head, a tail, hands, feet, and either have "pants" or a "shirt". Partials can be a combination of a few different items, but generally a partial would have at least a head, tail, and hands. A partial could also include sleeves for the wearer's arms and a set of feet.
Q: What is a furry?
A: A furry is a person who is considered, or considers themselves, to be part of the "furry fandom". The furry fandom, in a broad sense, includes anyone who enjoys anthropomorphic animals.
Anthropomorphic animals are animals depicted with human-like characteristics. This includes cartoon animals like Bugs Bunny and Sly Cooper. In a more narrow sense, the furry fandom is a mostly web-based community that enjoys performing, creating and viewing animal-based art. A subset of this community performs in animal costumes at conventions, charity events, fur-meets, and local events.
Q: Why do people fur-suit?
A: Fur-suiting is incredibly fun. It's a great way to connect with other people, entertain your friends and family, and express yourself. People with fur-suits often use them to participate in charity events as well.
Q: What kind of fur-suits does CityMutt make?
A: CityMutt makes fur-suits in many styles, including: Toony, Semi-Realistic, Realistic, and Kemono.
A fur-suit in the toony style will have the look of a cartoon animal, so it will often have exaggerated features. The realistic style closely resembles nature, in that the fur-suit will almost look like a real animal. The semi-realistic style is a mixture of the toony and realistic styles, which results in a costume that has a balance of natural and unnatural features. The kemono style originated in Japan and is otherwise known as the "anime style". A fur-suit made in the kemono style will look like a Japanese anime character.
Q: Does CityMutt offer payment plans?
A: Yes, CityMutt does offer payment plans, but only for commissioned items over 100 US dollars. For more information about payment plans please click here.
Q: Can I send you my character's information through email/social media and get a quote?
A: Please do not do this. CityMutt does not accept commission information through email or social media. CityMutt has a price list that you can use to get an estimate of how much your fur-suit would cost. To view our price list click here.
For an official price quote, you will have to submit an application for a commission slot. Please only submit an application if you are serious about obtaining a commission slot. To fill out a commission application click here.
Q: Can you help me make my own fur-suit/give me tips?
A: CityMutt does offer fur-suit building tutorials. These tutorials are completely free and can be viewed here.
Q: How much does a fur-suit from CityMutt cost?
A: All projects are unique, and so have a unique price. When you fill out your commission application you will receive an official quote then. However, you can get an idea of how much your suit will cost by viewing CityMutt's price list here.
Q: Can I pay you extra to get my order sooner, or get a better commission slot?
A: No, CityMutt does not allow customers to pay extra in order to jump ahead of other customers. It would be unfair and we consider it bribery.
Q: Can CityMutt complete my commission by my deadline?
A: CityMutt does not accept deadlines and does not complete rush orders. This insures that we have adequate time to complete your fur-suit to our high standards, and that no substandard fur-suit leaves our shop.
Q: Will I receive in-progress pictures of my commission?
A: Yes, CityMutt will send you pictures of your commission at certain stages of its completion. From these pictures you'll be able to let us know if you are satisfied with the work so far.
Q: I'm under 18, can I commission you?
A: Yes and no. Technically the parent/legal guardian has to commission CityMutt, in order for you to get the fur-suit. The parent/legal guardian will have to submit all payments and be the intermediary between CityMutt and yourself. Without this, CityMutt does not accept commissions from minors.
Depending on your age, it may not be a good idea to get a fur-suit yet. Unless you have stopped growing, you will grow out of your fur-suit quickly and will have spent a lot of money on something you can no longer wear. We suggest waiting until you are at least 14 years old before getting a partial fur-suit, and at least 16 years old before getting a full body fur-suit.
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