Cats And Dogs In Japan Get Wearable Fans To Beat The Heat

Cats and dogs in Japan get portable fans to beat the heat

It is available in five different sizes and costs 9,900 yen

Tokyo:

A Tokyo clothing maker is teaming up with vets to create a portable pet fan, hoping to attract the anxious owners of dogs — or cats — who can’t shake off their fur coats in Japan’s sweltering summer weather.

The device consists of an 80 gram (3-ounce) battery-operated 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 make it after seeing her own Chihuahua exhausted every time it was taken for a walk in the scorching summer heat.

“There was almost no rainy season this year, so the warm days came early and in that sense I think we have developed a product that is suitable for the market,” she said.

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After Tokyo’s rainy season ended in late June, the Japanese capital suffered its longest-ever heat wave for nine days with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).

“I usually use dry ice packs (to keep the dog cool). But I think it’s easier to walk my dog ​​when we have this fan,” says Mami Kumamoto, 48, who owns a miniature poodle named Pudding and a terrier named Maco.

The device debuted in early July, and Sweet Mommy has received about 100 orders for the product, Uzawa said. It is available in five different sizes and costs 9,900 yen ($74).

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