Indonesia, December 2

It might not be high fashion, however former Indonesian college instructor turned tailor Fredi Lugina Priadi has discovered a profitable marketplace for his cat fashions, creating distinctive costumes and cosplay outfits for cats.

After quitting his job as a instructor, he tried his hand at numerous companies, together with working a motorcycle restore store, earlier than stumbling upon cat fashions, an concept from considered one of his cat-loving cousins.

The 39-year-outdated now provides outfits to choosy pet house owners wanting to costume their felines in every part from superhero outfits for figures like Thor and Superman to cosplay characters, nurse uniforms and even conventional Islamic put on. 

Risma Sandra Irawan, 31, carries her cat carrying a cosplay costume. (REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

“At first, my cousins who love cats gave me the idea to make these costumes and I thought it was weird,” stated Fredi. “But it turned out to be funny to see them with costumes,” he stated, talking from his rustic workshop with a stitching machine in Bogor simply south of the capital Jakarta .

Since establishing his on-line enterprise three years in the past, he now generates up to three million rupiah ($210) a month if he sells at the very least 4 items a day. Each outfit is priced at between $6 to $10.

Customer Risma Sandra Irawan has purchased at the very least 30 outfits for her cat Sogan and places in orders for particular events just like the Muslim competition of Eid al-Fitr or at Christmas.

“Its for fun only…it can relieve our stress,” stated Risma, who created an account on social media platform TikTok displaying off Sogan’s outfits that has greater than 50,000 followers.

While many discover it cute, Fredi has acquired some destructive feedback on social media from those that take into account it merciless to costume up a cat and he advises patrons not to make their pet put on an outfit for too lengthy.

Indeed, in the wake of a increase in social media postings of pets dressed up, usually in more and more weird poses or outfits, some animal welfare teams have issued tips to make house owners extra conscious of any indicators that it might be inflicting their pet misery. Reuters