Mews and Nips: Cats Outnumber People on Japan’s Cat Islands


There are about a dozen “cat islands” all around Japan: places where there are significantly more feline than human residents. The Atlantic recently featured a photo spread from Aoshima, where cats outnumber humans six to one. The islands are seeing a steep increase in tourist visits because they’ve become so popular online. While the photos are wonderful, and the cats appear to be well fed, they also raise questions as to whether these islands are really a sanctuary for the cats who live there. Many of the photos show the cats begging for food or curled up in abandoned buildings. According to some reports, the Japanese government is trying to implement humane population control programs such as TNR (trap neuter return) on these islands. Visit The Atlantic for more photos from Aoshima. What do you think? Are these cats happy?

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we introduced you to Zen Cats: Meditations for the Wise Minds of Cat Lovers, on Monday, we explained how medical marijuana can benefit your cats, on Tuesday, we told you how to care for abandoned kittens, on Wednesday, we reported on the efforts of Japan Cat Network to help cats left behind in the restricted zone around the Fukushima nuclear reactor, and on Thursday, we gave you advice on how to leash train your cat. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a copy of Texts from Mittens by Angie Bailey!

Didga the cat lives one of the most adventurous lives of any cat I’ve ever come across. Enjoy watching Didga on his biking excursion!

Have a great weekend!

Photo via The Atlantic

3 Comments on Mews and Nips: Cats Outnumber People on Japan’s Cat Islands

  1. carol Anderson
    April 4, 2015 at 5:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Way too many cats to be cared for and to take care of. There must be a TNR program there.

    • Ingrid
      April 5, 2015 at 6:17 am (6 years ago)

      As I mentioned in the article, the Japanese government is starting to implement TNR programs on some of these islands. Let’s hope there’ll be more of them.

  2. Janine
    April 4, 2015 at 7:39 am (6 years ago)

    I want to go here


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