Cat Island in Japan – Paradise for Pets

Since the VI century, together with the Buddhist teachings,cats were brought to Japan from China. These animals are in the country of love and reverence. Even a special Buddhist temple in Tokyo, with a large feline cemetery is devoted to cats. Popular around the world cafe with cats also first appeared in Japan.

Cat colony on the tiny island of Aoshima, in southern Japan, Miyazaki Prefecture, 500 meters east of the main island of Kyushu, is surprising example of man’s relationship with the animal world. There are more than a hundred cats, and the locals – not more than two dozen. Once there lived about 900 people, but after the Second World War, most of the inhabitants in search of work had left the island, leaving only the elderly and retired.

Approximately at the same time, there appeared cats on the island – both biological and time-tested means of combating against the mice. Cats finished with mice relatively quickly, but they began to multiply uncontrollably. Locals could not (yes, apparently, and did not really want) to resist the invasion of the feline and cats have occupied all the abandoned buildings on the island. However, they just “walk by themselves.”

Locals fed island cats, providing them veterinary care, and even,try to control the growth of livestock – recently, several animals were sterilized.  Tourists began to travel on the island of Aoshima, first the Japanese and then others. The Japanese go to Aoshima for “spiritual healing”, foreigners – just take a look at the amazing cat kingdom.

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