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Published:February 26th, 2014 12:54 EST

Japan's Cat Island: Paradise for Cat Lovers! Video!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Tashirojima is a small island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. It is an inhabited island, although the population is quite small (around 100 people, down from around 1000 people in the 1950s). It has become known as `Cat Island` due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and good fortune. The cat population is now larger than the human population on the island."



I`m not a misanthrope, but an island where there are thousands of cats and only a few people is my idea of paradise.

I love dogs as much as I love cats, but canines aren`t allowed in Cat Island. Felines rule this island to the same extent that they rule the Internet.

Cat Island has become a tourist attraction because of the cute cats. I`d rather visit Cat Island than go to a safari where I will see all kinds of exotic animals.

Most of the human residents of Cat Island are quite elderly, who will take care of the cats when they die off?

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