A pet owner and clothing designer has come up with a “cool” way to keep animals from overheating when out and about.
Hot dogs – and cats – get wearable fans to beat Japan’s scorching summer
A Tokyo clothing maker has teamed up with veterinarians to create a wearable fan for pets, hoping to attract the anxious owners of dogs – or cats – that can’t shed their fur coats in Japan’s blistering summer weather.
The device consists of a battery-operated, 80g fan that is attached to a mesh outfit and blows air around an animal’s body.
Rei Uzawa, president of maternity-clothing maker Sweet Mommy, says she was motivated to create it after seeing her own pet chihuahua exhausted every time it was taken out for a walk in the scorching summer heat.
“There was almost no rainy season this year, so the hot days came early and in that sense, I think we developed a product that is right for the market,” she said.