New Photos and Videos of Cat Island After Japan Earthquake

cute tuxedo cat in house debris after japanese earthquake tashirojima island

cats lounge around cat island tashirojima after earthquake

By Tsuyoshi, 4/21/2011.

Japanese Media Response reported on April 4 that most of the cats on Tashirojima (cat island) have survived.

Tsuyoshi from Japan visited the island and took photos and videos last week. He saw quite a few cats there. Though most of the cats survived, he noticed there was a slight decrease in the number of cats, but it’s possible that some cats have moved to a higher location due to tsunami. “The islanders are very kind. They feed the cats everyday just like their families,” says Tsuyoshi. Their meals contain fish, eggs and some rice.

“Most people and houses are OK, but the fishing facilities near the port have been severely damaged,” Tsuyoshi adds. They are still experiencing power outage, but other than that people’s spirit is good.

Photos courtesy of ©Tsuyoshi (weaponshouwa), and

You can help by visiting Red Cross or Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support.

cute tabby cat stand up cat island after earthquake tashirojima

taken on 4/7/2011. Source:

cute pregnant cat island tashirojima after earthquake

by By Tsuyoshi, 4/21/2011.

cute cat napping island tashirojima after earthquake

By Tsuyoshi, 4/21/2011.

cute cats on island tashirojima after earthquake

By Tsuyoshi, 4/21/2011.

cute cat eating by house debris after earthquake on tashirojima island

cute tabby cat stand up cat island after earthquake tashirojima

taken on 4/7/2011. Source:

cute cats eat food after japanese tsunami earthquake tashirojima island

taken on 4/7/2011. Source:

man feeds cats after japan earthquake tsunami tashirojima island

Man feeding the cats | taken on 4/6/2011. Source:

cute tuxedo cat after japan earthquake tsunami tashirojima island

taken on 4/3/2011. Source:

cats watch construction after earthquake japan tsunami tashirojima island

By Tsuyoshi, 4/21/2011.

cats by destroyed house after japan earthquake tsunami tashirojima island

By Tsuyoshi, 4/21/2011.

cute cat by the ocean after japan earthquake tsunami tashirojima island

By Tsuyoshi, 4/21/2011.

Here is a video of the island after the earthquake. You will see the cats at 4:25:


Another video of the cats after the earthquake:


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55 Responses to “New Photos and Videos of Cat Island After Japan Earthquake”

  1. Meredith says:

    So excited to see they're okay! It's one thing to hear it, another to see and watch it. 😀

  2. brittany says:

    wow what with their short tails. thats really strange

    • Love Meow says:

      They are Japanese Bobtail, born with short little tails :).

      • Megan says:

        This island has a mixed bag of cats. The Japanese Bobtail gene is an incomplete dominant gene that will create tails with kinks and quirks, but will never be full length nor tailless. They are a very ancient, centuries old breed. They are hardy, easy keepers, and very intelligent. I have been involved with the breed for over 11 years, and the dog like personality in them makes me want no other type of cat then the JBT. I can't say enough wonderful things about the breed!

  3. caroline says:

    thank goodness!

  4. Debbie says:

    Thanks for sharing the videos and pictures. Heartwarming!

  5. Ingrid and the 4 fur says:

    Glad the cats are doing well.

  6. Bubble says:

    Glad to see the Islanders and the cats are doing well. Thanks very much for sharing the photos! Hope they can recover soon!

  7. Trish says:

    Thank you for sharing your video. It's comforting actually seeing that they are okay. Still in our prayers!

  8. clare elliott says:

    These guys dont know how kucky they are,living on this island….or maybe they do.

  9. momsbusy says:

    i love the little bobtail with the tabby spots playing in the last video. so cute.

  10. Lashantina says:

    thank you, thank you Tsuyoshi, so much for these photos and videos. I was worried….

  11. 24paws says:

    Thank you for sharing. They surely appreciate and trust their human benefactors.

  12. Irwan says:

    Some of the cats lost their owners. Notice one of them have a collar :(

  13. Dorothy says:

    Great update–thanks!!!

  14. beckyl says:

    oh, this makes me feel much better. i was so worried for cat island!

  15. buthie says:

    i wish i could hug them all… T.T

  16. vix says:

    A beacon of hope for the voiceless ones!

  17. Pictsie says:

    Thank you for this wonderful update! I'm very glad that the cats and people of Cat Island are doing well. Blessings on all of them and the great nation of Japan!

  18. Kacee says:

    Glad to hear everyone is safe and the kitties are too. THey are so trusting as how they had approached the camera. They are all so cute too. I am glad they are safe and the islanders are kind to feed them, etc. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Ann says:

    Thanks so much for the new pictures of the cats of Tashiro Jima. With all of the bad news coming from Japan right now of tragedy upon disaster upon catastrophe, it is nice to see these happy, well cared for pusses serenely going about their catly business. They have a lot to be serene about since they're credited with the island's good luck at surviving the tsunami with people and cats intact!

  20. Marilyn says:

    Prayers and good wishes to these cats and to all of the people and animals of Japan.

  21. Maysoun says:

    truly great news

  22. Michelle says:

    The Squeaky one in the video that walks up to the camera man looks pregnant.

  23. Michelle says:

    First Black and white kitty at the top looks like a British Shorthair.

  24. Bali Suut says:

    so heart-breaking

  25. ryuzaki_desu says:

    gladly, seems like it's not so bad over there.

    also, I wish I were a cat in cat island u.ú

  26. Katie says:

    Thanks for keeping us updated on what's going on over on cat island, hopefully every day will get better. Prayers are with humans and the cats.

  27. sue says:

    so nice to hear cats are doing ok…… make me feel so honered to live in an area which is so safe

  28. carmela says:

    thank you so very much for the video's of the cats, so glad they are doing ok and very kind people are feeding them, God bless you all!!:)

  29. pumbie says:

    Thanks, at least the ones in the video look fine. Viva Gatolandia!.

  30. Frankie says:

    It's so fantastic they're ok! Cats are so durable…

  31. Linda McDonald says:

    Thank you so much for sharing as your readers have been concerned about the island's residents, both human and feline!

  32. Jacqueline says:

    A moving post=so glad those sweet babies are being cared for at this difficult time…Praying for everyone, humans and animals, in Japan.

  33. caroline says:

    My heart goes out to the people and cats of Japan in the earthquake area. I cannot imagine what has happened there and i feel so helpless. thank you for posting your photos and videos. There is still beauty and love in this world.


    P.S. I have always loved Japanese bobtail cats. I have 2 bobbies!

  34. Gloria says:

    I am so happy to hear that the cats are doing well, the people on the Island are doing a great job.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and the video. May you all be blessed, Hugs to you and the kitties.

  35. Susan says:

    How gracious of the people to help these lovely cats also in their time of need. What an inspiration. Thank you.

  36. Iffat says:

    Thank you so much to all who care for the Cat Island Cats! I am overjoyed to know that they are OK.

  37. Cinda Lippman says:

    They look pretty good, I hope none were injured that would break my heart.

  38. Elma says:

    beautiful cat, Im happy that they are all ok and the people are feeding them. I ask my husband 1 day we will come and visit this place.

    Thanks for the update.


  39. Thank you so much, Tsuyoshi, for your brilliant report on Tashirojima and its cats! I am thrilled! This is wonderful news. You've made countless people happy via your audio-visual record.



  40. M says:

    It warms my heart, to know that most of the cats survived! :)

  41. ronak says:

    Tsuyoshi thank you so much for sharing your report,photos,and video with us…I hope they they can recover soon…and i'm so worry becaus most of the cats lost their owners..

  42. Raywyn says:

    Grat to see that they are looking nourish but missing the human contact maybe.

    Hope they find new owners who can love them again.

  43. Fisher says:

    So happy these wonderful little beings survived and are thriving on Cat Island!

  44. Cindy Delaurentis says:

    Thanks so much for the visual up date on the cats! They look plump now, but I see a lot of cats with draining discharge from their eyes. Plus, there is at least 2 cats that look very much pregnant. Some of the long haired cats are matted & need grooming before they dev. Skin infections. Are their actually people there who r giving fresh water & food? I would like to see actual feedings done by the islanders that people say r still there!!

  45. Wendy S. says:

    God bless all these wonderful people who love and take care of the cats, esp. when they need it most. This shows that the human spirit and heart beat strong after horrible tragedies.

  46. Katie and Minnie says:

    Wonderful to see they are doing well! They all look very happy and content, despite what has happened.

  47. anne says:

    Definite PTSD. They'll overcome. Bless them. I'd take them all!

  48. azazazaz says:

    Thank goodness!

  49. nani says:

    i really hope that 1 day i can go there and see myself all the cat on that island!

  50. Jenna says:

    The 5th picture down (out of all the pictures)…is there something wrong with the cat's nose? I tried to blow up the picture but couldn't. It almost looks like a deformed or double nose. Hate to say it, and don't mean to be stereotyping, but it almost looks like a "pig nose!" Of course, that doesn't change the preciousness and cuteness of the kitty! purrrr

  51. Markus says:

    A huge respect for the guy feeding the cats!

    Hope they're all doing okay

  52. Winston says:

    I want to go to this island

  53. Ann says:

    Is there any recent news of Cat Island and how the kitties and the elders are doing? Has there been a chance to rebuild? Does the radiation from the mainland have any effect on the island?

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