Japanese couple uses odd material to create playful hats for cats

A Japanese couple has given a whole new meaning to “Cat in the Hat” by crafting unusual hats for cats with their own fur.

Since 2011, photographer Ryo Yamazaki has been documenting the lives of his three Scottish Fold cats — one of which recently passed away in April — on Instagram. In 2016, he and his wife Hiromi had an eyebrow-raising idea: to turn all of the hair that their cats were shedding into fanciful hats.

“It all started when Donald Trump was running for office as U.S. president and the hashtag ‘TrumpYourCat’ was trending in the U.S.,” Yamazaki explained to the Japan Times in a 2018 interview, referencing a popular meme in which various cats are hilariously shown sporting Trump’s signature hairstyle. “I thought I might as well give it a go.”

The nukege hats (nukege translates to “shedding hair”) are each made of a bowl full of fur, according to the newspaper. In just two years, the couple managed to make over 100 hats, ranging from miniature caps to tacky caps, for their felines.

“They’re family,” Hiromi, who meticulously crafts the hats out of loosened hair, told the newspaper. “Our cats are like our children. We live as if we are living with three boys.”

To date, the couple’s Instagram account has amassed approximately 134,000 followers. The pair has even capitalized on the popularity of the hats by publishing a photo book featuring the cats.

Check out some of the couple’s whimsical creations below.

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