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Cats outnumber people on island

Fewer than 100 people live on Japan’s Cat Island – and several hundred wild, but friendly, cats.

By Vetstreet Jun 14, 2013 3:34PM

The cats have been legendary on Tashiro-jima since the 1800s, when the island was a popular stop along fishing routes. One legend involved a fisherman who accidentally dropped a rock, killing a cat.

Photo: Cats on Japan's Cat Island / Tohoku Color Agency/Getty Images The fisherman, who feared retribution, then built a shrine in the cat’s honor. Now, numerous shrines to felines can be found throughout Cat Island. While the feline residents are loved by many, they are also being blamed for the sharp drop in the number of human residents on the island.

— Read it at the Inquisitr

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Jun 14, 2013 6:03PM

Well, this article could be the catalyst towards more people moving there. A veritable "Cat-Man-Do." Cat lovers can pack up the whole "kitten-caboodle" and emigrate. I would be catatonic if surrounded by so many felines, as I am "alfurgic" to them. I might need a CAT-scan. "Purrr" the information littered in a clause of this story, we can suspect that the "meee-riad" of problems caused by the burgeoning kitty population has been catastrophic to the rodents and probably the birds, although I suspect they would categorically deny that as "hiss-torical" fact.

Jun 14, 2013 5:29PM

=^..^=   meow!!!  I want to move there - here kitty, kitty, kitty.

No mice or vermin there.

Jun 14, 2013 5:22PM
bring a beach towel, umbrella and catnip. it would make a great day for me.
Jun 14, 2013 5:20PM
I'll bet there are no rats hanging around the wharves on this island!
Jun 14, 2013 5:16PM
One big litter box..........These cats pictured look healthy and content. They probably get along better with themselves than their human counterparts?
Jun 14, 2013 5:16PM
Meeeee-yoowwwwww!!!!  That's my kind of place!
Jun 14, 2013 5:13PM
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