Cats and dogs in Japan have portable fans to beat the heat
A Tokyo clothing manufacturer has teamed up with veterinarians to create a portable pet ventilator, hoping to appeal to anxious owners of dogs – or cats – who can’t get rid of their coats. fur in Japan’s scorching summer climate.
The device consists of an 80 gram (3 ounce) battery operated fan that is attached to a mesh suit and blows air around an animal’s body.
Rei Uzawa, president of maternity clothes maker Sweet Mommy, says she was motivated to create it after seeing her own pet chihuahua exhausted every time he went out for a walk in the scorching summer heat.
“There has been almost no rainy season this year, so the hot days have come early, and in that sense I think we have developed a product that is suitable for the market,” she said.
After Tokyo’s rainy season ended in late June, the Japanese capital suffered the longest heat wave on record with temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) for nine days.
“I usually use dry ice packs (to keep the dog cool). But I think it’s easier to walk my dog if we have this fan,” said Mami Kumamoto, 48, owner of a miniature poodle named Pudding and a terrier named Maco.
The device debuted in early July and Sweet Mommy has received around 100 orders for the product, Uzawa said. It comes in five different sizes and costs 9,900 yen ($74).