Japan’s cats and dogs get wearable fans to beat scorching heat | Weather News

Tokyo clothes maker rolls out battery-operated fan for pets struggling via Japan’s blistering summer season climate.

A Tokyo clothes maker has teamed up with veterinarians to create a wearable fan for pets, hoping to draw the anxious homeowners of canines – or cats – that can’t shed their fur coats in Japan’s blistering summer season climate.

The gadget consists of a battery-operated, 80-gram (3-ounce) fan that’s hooked up to a mesh outfit and blows air round an animal’s physique.

Rei Uzawa, president of maternity clothes maker Candy Mommy, says she was motivated to create it after seeing her personal pet chihuahua exhausted each time it was taken out for a stroll within the scorching summer season warmth.

“There was virtually no wet season this 12 months, so the recent days got here early, and in that sense, I feel we developed a product that’s proper for the market,” she mentioned.

After the wet season in Tokyo resulted in late June, the Japanese capital suffered the longest heatwave on document, with temperatures as much as 35C (95 F) for 9 days.

“I often use dry ice packs [to keep the dogs cool]. However I feel it’s simpler to stroll my canines if now we have this fan,” mentioned Mami Kumamoto, 48, proprietor of a miniature poodle named Pudding and a terrier named Maco.

The gadget debuted in early July and Candy Mommy has acquired about 100 orders for the product, Uzawa mentioned. It is available in 5 totally different sizes and is priced at 9,900 yen ($75).