Top 10 Images of the Cats of Tashirojima Island

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…

 


Top 10 Images of the Cats of Tashirojima Island

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Tashirojima: The Cat Island


 

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

10 – “This is our Island bro, there is nothing for you here.”

FACT: Is located in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan and is home to just 100 people, but of those 100 83% of them are over 65 yrs old and classified as elderly!

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

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!

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat 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!

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

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.

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

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!

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

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!

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

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.

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

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!

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

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.

Cats of Cat Island
Cats of Cat Island

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!

64 thoughts on “Top 10 Images of the Cats of Tashirojima Island”

  1. I still have 5 left in the house that I’ve rescued over the years and kept. There are 3 kittens that are pretty much holed up in my garage. There are 4-6 adults that drop by for breakfast and dinner ( I guess it wouldn’t be right to count the raccoons and opossums!). My friend has at least 6 strays that hang out at her place. She thinks one is pregnant. Im pretty sure they have a network to get the word out where the “suckers” live! We’re talking of trying to catch them to get them fixed. I just get upset with people who don’t take care of their animals. — but I digress! Now, aren’t you glad you asked?

  2. Those with cat allergies would describe this as hell, while cat lovers would describe it as heaven! I have enough trouble avoiding tripping over two cats, I’d really have a problem walking on that island!

  3. The cats don’t seem to be all wild and seem to be very docile towards humans — I never knew there was a cat island so I’ve learned something here!

  4. Another great Caturday post, Russell! Never heard of this island, but it looks like an interesting place. I liked the begging one best … but they’re all fun.

  5. Would love to visit this island but sadly ‘Mutley’ would not be allowed, although I think with the amount of cats there are she would probably run in the opposite direction with her tail between her legs! 🙂

  6. Great posting!
    If you ever want to do a ‘barn cat’ post let me know. I feel sure that Stretch, Monkey, Elf, Little Mama, Monster Kitty, Golden Eye and Badgerette would love to have their photos online. I could even throw in a photo of No Batteries Required (aka. Little Bat).

  7. While I do not dispute that they are indeed feral, I think the island, being a fishing island is more than capable at looking after them all, I would love to visit the place one day.

  8. Once again you have shown me something I didn’t know anything about. If it has to do with cats, it always captures my interest. They don’t look like feral cats, they actually look fairly sleek and well fed. One thing about the Elder, he isn’t about to get all gussied up for anyone. He has the “Don’t mess with me!” look. I wonder if he is a different breed from the others.
    Until I read the caption, I thought the begging kitty was giving the guy a high five.

  9. Sometime mystical about cats, our two are fast asleep one on the couch and the other in front of the heater. Will not choice one specific picture as they all special. Hat a great place for cats to live.. Ivan

Which one did you like?