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Japanese stray cats get VIP treatment on Instagram

Categories: East Asia, Japan, Citizen Media, Good News, Photography
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Temple cat in Amanohashidate, Japan. Photo by Nevin Thompson.

If you're looking for a new place to discover cats on the Internet, check out the “Backstreet Cats of Japan” (Roji-ura Nyankichi, 路地裏のにゃん吉), an Instagram account [1] with over 100,000 followers.

The anonymous photographer has befriended and taken thousands of snapshots of stray cats from an undisclosed location in Japan.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR✨ We live!2019 生きるよ #生き抜け野良猫 #igersjp#ねこ#猫#ネコ#ねこ部#ふわもこ部#野良猫#にゃんすたぐらむ#みんねこ #cats#ファインダー越しの私の世界 #catsofinstagram#ig_catclub#catstocker#instagramjapan##catloversclub#ペコねこ部#ピクネコ #thecatawards#icu_japan#team_jp_西#pleasantcats #고양이#nekoclub #catstagram#japan_photo_now #bestcatclub #balousfriends#備中備後デニムコンテスト2018 [2]

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Happy New Year! We're living in 2019!

The cats are captured in a variety of poses. Some appear to live or hang out underground, underneath a lonely stretch of asphalt.

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ヘイヘイ、おみゃーらキリキリ掃除しろにゃー #真似もいいけど自分の感性で撮りなよ #igersjp#ねこ#猫#猫穴部#ねこ部#ふわもこ部#野良猫#にゃんすたぐらむ#みんねこ #cats#ファインダー越しの私の世界 #catsofinstagram#ig_catclub#catstocker#instagramjapan##catloversclub#ペコねこ部#ピクネコ #thecatawards#icu_japan#team_jp_西#pleasantcats #고양이#nekoclub #catstagram#japan_photo_now #bestcatclub #loves_nippon#balousfriends [4]

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Alright, alright I'll get the street cleaned up real quick.

Stray cats are very common all over Japan. About 35% of households [6] have a pet and many of them live lives of luxury as pampered members of the family, with Japanese spending about 3.8 trillion yen (US$3.8 billion) a year to keep them happy.

While pets are popular in Japan, many people purchase cats without fully understanding the implications of pet ownership. When they find out what having a bored, adult, sexually mature cat is like, they may abandon the animal. When an animal-keeping elderly person dies or is put in a home, a once-cherished pet may be abandoned as well.

The result is a large number of strays virtually all over the country. Some receive kindness, food and attention from people like this Instagrammer.

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Thank You 2018 一年ありがとうございました ガキ使見て過ごしてます ラインで👍良い歳をと書いて怒られかけました 皆さんよいお年を👍✨ #igersjp#ねこ#猫#ネコ#ねこ部#ふわもこ部#野良猫#にゃんすたぐらむ#みんねこ #cats#ファインダー越しの私の世界 #catsofinstagram#ig_catclub#catstocker#instagramjapan##catloversclub#ペコねこ部#ピクネコ #thecatawards#icu_japan#team_jp_西#pleasantcats #고양이#nekoclub #catstagram#japan_photo_now #bestcatclub #loves_nippon#balousfriends#備中備後デニムコンテスト2018 [7]

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Thanks to 2018! […] I hope everyone has a great 2019.