The cats are taking over! Well, at least on one island they are. It's now referred to as "Cat Island" by the locals.


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The island is off of southern Japan, and at one time was home to more than 900 people. That's not the case anymore. According to NBC News,

The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island. With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not complaining.


The cats first made it on the island when fishermen brought them to take care of mice problems they would have on their boats. The cats ended up staying on the island and multiplying. "Multiplying" might be a little bit of an understatement. Seriously.

The island is now home to a little over 20 people, but more than 120 cats. Most of the people who had lived on the island moved away, looking for work after World War II.


I have always been more of a cat person, and thought 'That doesn't sound TOO bad. I would probably check it out.' After watching the video though, I changed my mind. This is really a place that is overrun with cats. Overrun.



I still am a cat person, but I don't think I'll be visiting this island anytime soon. The good news - I bet there isn't a lot of birds or mice around the island.


[NBC News]