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

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