Caturday is a day to celebrate the world of cats with funny pictures, silly memes, and lots of chats about the silly things cats do. But this is not going to be one of those kinds of posts. What I want to show you is the top 10 best images of the cats of “Cat Island!” It is called that because the stray cat population is in fact twice as big as a number of humans! Here the cats really are the master race, and it is, in fact, illegal to bring any kind of dog or more dominant species to the Island! So without further ado I bring you…
Ten Great Photos of the Fascinating Cats of Tashirojima Island
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Tashirojima: The Cat Island
10 – “This is our Island bro, there is nothing for you here.”
9 – The new Islanders start to settle in
FACT: The ever-increasing stray cat population thrives because local belief says that feeding and looking after the cats it will bring wealth and good fortune to the whole Island!
8 – “We heard you might be milking a cow here!”
FACT: Not only is there no pet dogs, it is Island law and basically prohibited to bring dogs onto the island! I would not like to see any dog against all those cats anyway!
7 – “Sssooo….been fishing eh! And you have caught something as well! Cool.”
FACT: There is an actual cat shrine, known as Neko-jinja the middle of the island where people take injured animals to die and pray for the ones that are still alive.
6 – “Sorry to bother you, but are those scraps of fish? Please say yes!”
FACT: So just how many cats live on cat Island?!? Well, it is thought that the cat population is 4 times more than the human population on the island, so about 400+ in the answer! It doesn’t sound like a lot but considering the small size of the Island, it is rather a lot indeed!
5 – “We noticed you popped into the fish ‘n’ chip shop, you know that stuff is fattening!”
FACT: It seems that there might be something in the “cats bring luck” thought path, because in 2011 when Japan was hit with a historic 9.0 magnitude earthquake not one building on the Island was damaged in any way! Not a window cracked, not a tile out-of-place!
4 – “Any loose change for kitty nibbles sir?”
FACT: Tourism has been picking up as the island has become an attraction for curious travellers, and now it brings in almost 100,000 times the amount of earnings that the silk making business did! The marketing power of cats.
3 – The local hangout.
FACT: There is a total of 51 stone monuments in the shape of cats on the Island and tourists are given a prize for locating all of them!
2 – The Village Elder
FACT: The cats of cat island might well be wild animals, but they have all grown to trust us humans and while they are not the pickup and cuddle kind of cat, most of them are happy to let you stroke and rub them.
1 – “Quick gather round, he is a Photographer with Caturday Weekly!”
FACT: So why so many cats? Well in the Islands past they raised silkworms for silk, but mice are a natural predator of silkworms and the whole island was soon overrun with mice. So they brought in some pet cats to kept the mouse population down. Soon there were no mice at all, just thousands of cats!