Pet-owners encouraged to buy earthquake kits for cats and dogs
Posted September 2, 2009on:
It’s the latest thing for the paranoid pet owner: an earthquake survival kit for cats and dogs.
Animal lovers living in earthquake-prone regions can now buy special kits to ensure the survival of their most cherished pets should the earth begin the tremble.
Manufacturers Oyagokoro, from Japan, have released three types of earthquake packs for dogs and cats of different sizes.
In the case of an emergency, pet-owners can relax. The kit contains a padded jacket and rain hat, special boots to protect paws, and aromatherapy oil to soothe stressed out cats and dogs.
Also included in the pack – which doubles as a carry case for smaller pets – is a waterproof ID capsule with the animal’s details and a bell should they become lost in rubble.
Food, water and bowls for feeding and a muzzle to prevent spooked pets from biting rescuers also feature.
Laurel Stavros, 29, from Hawaii, USA, is Vice President of Rinkya Inc, which distributes the kits worldwide.
She said: “Although it may seem odd to have a special kit for your pet, most are part of our families, so really this kit makes sense in that it helps to protect your precious dog or cat.
“Japan is certainly known for their love of pets, with many choosing to get a pet over having children.
“They dress them up in expensive clothes and push them around in prams. In 2006, dogs outnumbered children age 10 and under in Japan.”
The product comes in Ultimate, Basic and Life styles and range from £100 to £400. Owners are encouraged to keep an item of worn personal clothing in a section to let panicky animals smell it and be calmed as buildings collapse around them.