Just off the coast of Japan, there’s a little fishing island named Aoshima where the cats have taken over. The locals call this place “Cat Island” because there’s now over 120 wild felines that call this home.
At one time, there used to be over 900 people living on Aoshima. At one time, they had introduced cats to their remote island to deal with the mouse population that was causing havoc with the fishermen’s boats. The cats decided to stay… and they multiplied!
Now there are more cats than people as there are only a handful of humans left on the island, most of them elderly who feed the cats and keep them company. The cats have made themselves comfortable in the many abandoned homes all over the island and laze away the days in the harbour, waiting for the tourists to arrive on the daily ferry.
With only about 10 of the cats being neutered, chances are that Cat Island will continue to be a tourist destination for quite a long time as long as there are people who are around to continue feeding the felines.
If you think that Aoshima is the only Cat Island, think again. There are over a dozen cat islands that you can visit in Japan! Here are just a couple of them: