Are we looking &down& at the sun?
it may just be cold weather is making it not work right,if you have some wd-40 squirt a small amount in the lock part and see if that helps loosen it up,my doors was frozen this morning when it gets down to 9 degrees locks and switches don't work too well,good luck and happy holidays.
That's the craziest thing I've ever heard of, but you never know. I've got 21 hamster and I couldn't see most of them letting you put clothes on them. A few of them are so docile, maybe they'd let me. My daughters put a dress on their rabbit for a few minutes, then she tried to eat it and I made them that it off of her.