Cat Heaven Island Really Is Real (and not a crazy cat lady fantasy)

Cat Island, Photo by Fubirai

Cynthia:  There is an island off of Japan that is covered in cats!

Big – Fat – Happy – CATS!

Fat Cats on Cat Island, Photo by Fubirai


Cynthia:  Quick Facts:  About 100 people live on Tashirojima (Cat Island). Only one person who lives on the island is under 60 years old. The island is 8 square miles. It’s got more cats than people!


Cat Island, Photo by Fubirai

Cynthia:  These gorgeous photos are by Fubirai, who has spent 5 years documenting this extremely large semi-feral cat colony.

Cat Island, Photo by Fubirai

Cynthia:  The residents in this fishing community believed that the cats brought good luck and so were allowed to stay. They are treated like royalty.

Cat Island, Photo by Fubirai

Cynthia:  They OWN this island now!

Cat Island, Photo by Fubirai


Cat Island, Photo by Fubirai

Cynthia:  A place with more cats than people. It really is heaven, isn’t it Marcy?


Cat Island, Photo by Fubirai

Marcy:  No. Too many cats.

*Please check out Fubirai’s website for more of his fabulous photos of Cat Island. Also, Tofugu.com has a really cute video tour of Cat Island at the bottom of their post about the cats.


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  • Reply Anonymous November 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Those are beautiful pictures. Who is in charge of feeding them? I want to know more about the logistics of this.

  • Reply Anonymous November 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I'm a little worried. What will happen when all the geriatric islanders die? Also, is there a spay/neuter program (for the cats, not the old people)?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      I was thinking about that too. I do not believe that there is a spay/neuter program since the last set of Fubirai's photos were of kittens. Hopefully, I am wrong but will try to find out. Also, this island is extremely popular because of the cats so I am not too worried about what will happen to the cats when all the old people die off. I heard some rumors of a vet practice being set up on the island.

  • Reply Lisa - respect the shoes November 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    This is too adorable! I'd love to visit, except I am unfortunately extremely allergic to cats and would probably be overcome quickly, haha. Maybe I should start a neighboring dog island … except there would be poop and dug up holes everywhere then …

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Oh no…. do not go to this island! There is a ferry that drops you off and doesn't come back for hours. I DO think that a neighboring dog island is a wonderful idea – even if it is covered in poop and dug up holes. It would be such a happy place to be!

  • Reply GnomeLover November 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Amazing! This deserves more than one post! I love it. I also love that it is almost all elderly people. How serene that must be for the human inhabitants and the cats.

    That one picture with the cat leaping looks like the cat might not make it! I hope it did!

    So cool! Thanks for sharing! It made my imagination so happy today!


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 26, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Hmmmm… maybe i will post some more photos! So many of them were so amazing I had a difficult time choosing which ones to showcase on the blog!

      Hope you are feeling better!!


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