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Pet Coat

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This idea is meant to solve two problems: one, that wearing fur is sometimes frowned upon as inhumane, and two that not enough people wear live animals on their backs in the winter.

That is the idea, by the way - certain animals should be bred/genetically engineered to remain calm and cling to people's backs durig the day. It's like a pet, but you can wear it. In the winter you have a stylish fur coat that generates its own heat (and is housetrained!). When you get too warm your coat can dismount and walk along side you so you don't have to carry it.

The specific animal used depends on the customer (and how much money they have). Personally I would like a mountain lion because they look cool, and if somebody tried to mug me it could act as a weapon. For practical purposes some type of sloth might be better because of their tendencies to cling to things all day and not move much.

DIYMatt, Oct 19 2011

"Keeping Warm" http://archives.new...975-03-03#folio=032
A classic, by George Booth [mouseposture, Oct 19 2011]

Kittens in baskets on jackets. Kitten_20Basket_20Jacket
Elves in solution, apply flame. [daseva, Oct 19 2011]

Not magic http://1.bp.blogspo...g/s400/cat+beer.jpg
[DIYMatt, Oct 21 2011]

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       + I think this is quite halfbaked, though I never posted my cat-bed hat idea! Truly, the animal would have to be sedated to remain on a person's back for a very long time and that wouldn't be nice, but the concept is kind of cool.
xandram, Oct 19 2011
  

       Of course the concept of putting an animal on your back is not original. Most people have, at the very least, worn a cat like a scarf. The idea here is to breed and sell animals for the specific purpose which have been trained to act as coats. Larger, warmer animals than cats.
DIYMatt, Oct 19 2011
  

       A few trained fruitbats would make a very nice flappey leather coat.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 19 2011
  

       Add a locomotory function, and it is indisputably original. Genetically modify kangaroos (bigger, more docile) to keep people warm and carry them around in their pouches.
swimswim, Oct 19 2011
  

       It would make the job of cloakroom attendant quite challenging.
marklar, Oct 19 2011
  

       //carry them around in their pouches.//   

       That would be recursive marsupialism. You'd have to basically turn the kangaroo inside out, which would confuse it.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 19 2011
  

       You could probably use those soldier ants with which jungular people stitch wounds.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 19 2011
  

       You could make a lining out of octopuses.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 19 2011
  

       // How exactly would a 150-200 lb mountain lion hang on without digging its claws into your skin? //   

       I'm glad you asked that question.
Alterother, Oct 20 2011
  

       Sounds like an m-f-d GM magic to me.
RayfordSteele, Oct 20 2011
  

       I think ferrets can already be used in this way.
phundug, Oct 20 2011
  

       What, as fasteners for mountain lions?
Alterother, Oct 20 2011
  

       //How exactly would a 150-200 lb mountain lion hang on without digging its claws into your skin?// Hm, you're right, a mountain lion would get a little heavy after a while. Maybe I could scale back to an Asian Leopard Cat. With a HedgeHogHat to go with.   

       //Sounds like an m-f-d GM magic to me.// If you were to cross breed a timid Asian Leopard Cat with one of these [link] you would have the perfect large, lazy animal to cling to your back with its razor sharp claws all day.
DIYMatt, Oct 21 2011
  
      
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