Island Cats from Fukuoka Japan


When there are fishermen on an island in Japan, they always seem to have a group of loyal feline followers. Like the Cat Island in Tashirojima, cats are treated with love and respect by the fishermen in Fukuoka prefecture, situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan.

The cats are welcome into fishermen’s boats, homes as if they are the ones that truly run the shore. Cats are often coddled like part of the fishermen’s families. They feed them daily and play with them whenever the cats demand play time. These island cats seem to have created such a bond with their human friends. It’s amazing to see them fishing together by the shore or just hanging out on the door steps playing with children.

cute island mama cat and kittens on fukuoka shore

Love between mama and kittens

cute island cat resting by the sea in fukuoka

Waiting for the fishermen to return

cute island mama cat nursing caring for kittens on fukuoka shore

Fuzzy family

cute island cat hanging out with fisherman in fukuoka

Kitty lazing by the shore with his favorite hooman friend

More photos of Fukuoka island cats:

cute island kittens playing on fukuoka shore

Island kittens play fighting

fisherman feeding island cats on fukuoka shore

Feeding time! Island cats gather around for food

cute island ginger kittens snuggles on fukuoka shore

Tiny island kittens

cute island cat smiles stand by store door fukuoka shore

Island cat visiting a store

cute island ginger cat mama kisses kitten on fukuoka

Love and kisses

cute island white cat from fukuoka japan

cute island cats curious peeking through windows in fukuoka japan

Checking out what's going on inside the house. Fish?

cute island cat hold my paw

Hold my paw!

cute island kittens playing in fukuoka japan

Pounce!

island ginger cat catches fish on fukuoka shore

The fish is MINE!

cute island cat jumps off a fishing boat on fukuoka shore japan

cute island mama cat grooms kitten in fukuoka shore

Photos by ©Fubirari, who has documented these cats lives on Fukuoka shore.

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46 Responses to “Island Cats from Fukuoka Japan”

  1. Rokelle says:

    Oh my goodness! It’s like a kitty invasion! So cute!

  2. Franklin says:

    cuteness overload! i love that island!

  3. siew eng says:

    i wanna retire here!

  4. beckyl says:

    i love the kitty going to the store ;-)

  5. Shelly Lyon says:

    How absolutely lovely!

  6. Sandra L. says:

    Increadible pictures! The angles at which some are taken is remarkable. I am obviously distracted by the fuzzu cuteness, but I can’t help but notice the quality of these pictures :)
    the love for them kitties is identifiable through the len’s glass…beautiful.

  7. Jessica DeHoyos says:

    Soo many adorable pictures! I love it (:

  8. Donna says:

    Love the photos, the cats and kittens are adorable, but do they spay and neuter the cats?

  9. Revenwyn says:

    This is how all ferals should be treated; though if some of the cats aren’t fixed soon it will be completely out of control.

  10. Claudia says:

    lovely kittens! I like the whole island community cares for them ^^

  11. Izzy says:

    Oh my god Most of them have Nubs for tails! CUTE

    • Revenwyn says:

      It’s because they’re Japanese Bobtail primarily. Although there is undoubtedly some mixing, and the new-fangled breed called Japanese Bobtail looks little like these, the breeders got the stock from cats who had the genetic disposition to have these tails.

  12. Angeline says:

    Lovely kitties !!!!:D

  13. Christine Aspinall says:

    Wonderful to see how these cats are treated with love and respect. There was a great worry about these cats from ‘cat island’ after the terrible tsunami. Fortunately, they escaped from the worst of the disaster.

  14. Luka says:

    Amazing how many of them are either short-tailed or actually tailless! Even the kittens are, so it must be a genetic mutation. What a wonderful story, and beautiful photos!

  15. Hope says:

    Beautifully photographed with love and heart!

  16. Melissa says:

    I adore these cats and I love the people that respect and care for them. If only the rest of the world followed their example…

  17. pyung says:

    Love how these cats are treated with care…not to mention the fact that they have an entire beautiful island to roam…This is fantastic!!!!

  18. pumbie says:

    I’ve always dreamt of living in such an island!; could I apply for a job there?. From Spain.

  19. Angelique says:

    I want to visit that island

  20. KAT says:

    beautiful photos. If I were to be a cat, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else bc that island is filled with wonderful people who adore cats! I want to visit that island some day if I could! Sadly to say though, that island’s population is pretty small so having so many stray cats would eventually overpopulate.

  21. LeoMoon says:

    That is award winning photography. Hope you got some awards.

  22. christellar says:

    great coverage and photos!

  23. Mary Ham says:

    These are handsome and beautiful kitties and oh so loving to look at. I would say they are truly happy Kitties. Mary Ham

  24. Tucker says:

    FANABULOUS!!

    THESE CATS ON THIS ISLAND ARE DAMB LUCKY!!
    WELL LOVED,WELL TREATED!! WELL FED!!
    AND WELL TAKEN CARE OF!!

    I LOOOOVE IT!! GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!

  25. Fabulous photos of happy cats! But spaying and neutering really needs to be done to prevent overpopulation.

  26. Shauna says:

    I want to go there

  27. Edda says:

    cat paradise :3

  28. BJ Bangs says:

    Amazing photos. Such a great story. Agree on the spay/neuter, but these fishermen and their families are heroes, because they not just feed, but treat the cats like their own families. We need more of this in this world that is so cruel to our feline friends.

  29. Iffat says:

    Such lovely cats & beautiful pictures!

  30. Ingrid says:

    Awesome pictures! I was so worried for them and their human friends after the tsunami. It’s so good to see them in good shape (pictures taken after or before the catastrophe?)

  31. Nana says:

    Amazing photos!!! The Japanese kitties are really cuteeeee!!

  32. Maysoun says:

    iam glad that they are ok after this terrible earthquake

  33. Ragga says:

    I wonder how many cats are there.. I think I need to move there!

  34. nans says:

    adorable cats

  35. CHARON says:

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. OmegaFox says:

    omgggg i want to live in that island oAo

  37. sledpress says:

    I remember that when I first learned to pronounce the Japanese “f” (only to impress my Japanese voice teacher) the example word was “Fukuoka”. Who knew it was such a cat paradise? I am glad I have been muttering this island’s name under my breath for years!

  38. azazazazaz says:

    I will be visiting this in the next 5 years.

  39. Druscilla says:

    That sounds like paradise <3

  40. nnua says:

    These are fantastic photos of these gorgeous island cats!!! The photographer is very talented to capture these wonderful moments!

  41. Potato says:

    Such lovely pictures. The cats there need to get fixed though. Overpopulation might be a problem.

  42. Jim says:

    Heaven on earth has finally been discovered ;)

  43. Angelique says:

    I definitely need to visit there soon!! Seems soooo AWESOME.

    This makes me feel really happy :)

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