Here’s a scenario for all those cat owner/lovers out there.
Imagine living on an island populated entirely by cats. Big cats and little cats, old cats and young cats. Sounds pretty amazing, right? If you love cats, this is a pretty amazing scenario.
But here’s the real deal. This island is one of 11 such places in Japan. And it’s overrun by cats because fishermen brought them to the island to help deal with rodent problems. Free from the grasp of predators, these populations thrive, with more and more cats being born on the island every year. And oodles of cat loving tourists coming by to see the now famous collections of cats.
The downfall is that these cats are a rapidly growing population left to fend for themselves without much by way of veterinary care. So no neutering, no spays and collections of cats who sometimes get sick with very treatable diseases but no one to treat them. Now don’t get me wrong, this is far from an exclusive situation to Japan—the US has its own bevy of animal issues—but it is noteworthy that communities like these exist.
When animal photographer Andrew Martilla went to have a look at the island to capture these amazing cats in action, he saw incredible beauty in these majestic creatures, and incredible sadness in witnessing the high birth rates and equally high early death rates in these poor cats.
If you have a minute, it’s worth a look at the pictures he’s captured—they’re pretty incredible.
Til’ next time,