A blogger by the name of 写メんなよ (shamen-nayo)  made a surprising discovery on November 7, the “Pot Day” (鍋の日, nabe no hi) in Japan.
Found the startling word “Cat-pot” on the “Pot Day”
Donabe (traditional Japanese earthenware pots) are such commonly used cookware in Japan that there is a special day for eating food in them. To celebrate this year's Day of Pots, many Japanese users had posted photos of hot pots and stew on Twitter. Among those photos, however, were also pictures of furry felines stuffed in pots of all shapes and sizes.
The blogger first came across cat-pots in a tweet by a college radio station:
— 同志社学生放送局(京田辺キャンパス) (@DSBtnb) November 7, 2017 
Speaking of pots, Ramochi is introducing “cat-pots”!
What are cat-pots… no, they’re not about eating cats!😱🐈
Cat-pots are where cats fit snugly into pots, and they’re VERY soothing to watch💓
It turns out that cat-pots aren't just for the Day of Pots. These furry felines have already been chilling in pots for a while.
— 六 (@AzBdfbjZECQazsr) October 23, 2017 
Cat-pot now. Lol
(Cats) really go in if you leave (pots)…
(The cat) went into the clay pot and is sound asleep… into her dreams…
It's not only big cats in big pots; little kittens are also joining in on the fun with their own tiny pots.
— さかもとさん (@sakamotosan_cat) September 4, 2017 
Sakamoto trying out the cat-pot
#Cats #Kittens #ScottishFold #Calico
#Want to connect with cat lovers #Catpot #Catpot
Apparently, cats in pots are so popular that stores nationwide have started selling pots made exclusively for cats:
— 東急ハンズ心斎橋店 (@HandsSinsaibasi) June 14, 2017 
We have “Nekonabe(cat-pot)” in stock! Cats can lounge around in this chilly pot made of aluminum😽 ¥3480+tax at the fourth floor Pet First #Catpot #Catpot
— けいこ (@fkdkco) July 11, 2017 
Catpot #Twins #Cats #Kittens
#FourthMonth #KittenClub #BrownTabby #WhiteTabby
Not much of a cat person? These puppies also love to chill inside pots:
— tomoちん@36 (@tomo560620) July 12, 2017 
(She) rarely goes in when it’s placed on the floor, but when I put it on the bed next to Tomo, (she) goes in most of the time lol
#Catpot #Chihuachshund #CatChillyGoods
— みるきーまうす🚒チームREA (@milky19720409) February 27, 2017 
Wouldn't they go in if you place the pots?
It seems that cat-pots have taken Japan by storm with their ability to “癒す”, or soothe and comfort the viewer. After all, who doesn't love cute cat photos?
For more adorable photos of cats in pots, visit 写メんなよ's Naver Matome post .