It was quite a scare for Nekoyanagi (Cat Willow) when the earthquake struck Japan on March 11. All the persistent shaking that followed suit seemed to never end.
“Nekoyanagi is ok. When the earthquake occurred, we were both at work. All the trains had stopped working, but we somehow made it home on foot,” said Nekoyanagi’s mom.
Nekoyanagi was little frightened, hiding under the couch for a long time. Even when his human parents came back, he remained in his refuge and refused to come out. His family left food by his side, so he could eat some when he felt comfortable. It was the aftershocks that kept him under the couch especially when there was a big tremor.
Because of electricity shortage, the government has scheduled power outages throughout the country and encouraged residents to conserve energy. As a result, the house temperature has dropped quite a bit. In order to keep warm, Nekoyanagi slips under mommy’s comforter and stays there for as long as he wants. “That’s the way he cooperates with the energy conservation plan – by sharing the bed with us,” added mom on her blog.
When Nekoyanagi is tired of the human bed, he will switch it up by using his fancy cat bed with a soft throw cover on top, keeping him all snug and cozy inside.
“It is a good energy-saving bed,” said mom.
Nekoyanagi and his family want us to know that there are still a lot of people and animals that need our help and prayers.
How to help:
- Red Cross
- Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support
- Animal Welfare
- Japan SPCA
- World Vets
- American Humane Society
Photos and story courtesy of ©Nekoyanagi.
Here are 3 photos of Nekoyanagi before the earthquake: