Japan’s Cat Island
Imagine a place where cats far outnumber humans. Japan’s famous cat
island is such a feline utopia and
is often referred to as Cat Heaven
Island. Originally, the cats were
brought to the island to control
the mouse population on the silkworm farms that once existed here
along with a vibrant fishing industry.
But when those industries left the
island, so did many of the residents,
and the cat population boomed.
The remaining human locals feed
and care for the semi-feral cats,
believing the cats will bring them
good luck and prosperity.
Today, the island is a tourist des-
CAT TOURISM BY SANDY ROBINS
FORTHE L O V EOFCATS
If you’re a cat lover, chances are you love anything and everything feline — from cat-centric clothes and jewelry to fuzzy cat slippers. Your coffee mug probably has a cat on it, too. And when you travel, you seek out fun feline places and events around the world. We’ve compiled the ultimate bucket list of fabulous
feline attractions — and armchair travelers will appreciate them, too.
The Cat Lovers’
tination, and the cats come down
to the docks at Nitoda Port in the
south and Odomari Port in the north
to meet the daily tourist ferries.
The Ajishima Line operates a
ferry service from Ishinomaki. The
one-way trip takes about an hour,
and there are three departures per
day. Tickets are purchased onboard
the ship. Be sure to take some cat
food and treats with you!
Torre Argentina Cat
The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary
is situated amid the ruins of four
Roman temples where Brutus
stabbed Julius Caesar in 44 A.D.
The cats who have lived here since
The Cat Museum,
the architectural site was first
excavated in 1929 have become an
added attraction for tourists.
Torre Argentina wouldn’t exist
without the permanent support of
international animal-welfare groups
like the Anglo-Italian Society for
the Protection of Animals and the
Friends of Roman Cats, which pro-
vide both funds and humane traps.
The sanctuary runs a wonderful
“distant adoption” program: You
can “adopt” a cat who lives there
and receive regular updates and
photographs about your kitty.
Where possible, cats are also
adopted into forever homes. For
more information about the sanc-
tuary, visit romancats.com. Shop
online at their cat shop, too. The
sanctuary is in the archaeological
site of Largo di Torre Argentina, at
the corner of Via Florida & Via di
Located on the ground floor
of the Kuching North City Hall
Headquarters building in Bukit
Siol, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia,
the museum pays homage to
everything feline, featuring a
growing collection of paintings,
posters, toys, and cat figurines.
There is also an Egyptian mummified cat on exhibit. The museum
requires that visitors pay to take