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Cat island in Japan is flooded with food donations

To find help for a cat in need, look no further than the place where felines are loved the most: the internet. A Japanese island where cats are similarly adored – and outnumber people by about 8 to 1  – took to Twitter to request cat food donations for its feline inhabitants and received a flood of response.

Cats on Aoshima Island.
Cats on Aoshima Island. Image by Sayoko Shimoyama / CC BY 2.0

There are more than 140 cats on the island of Aoshima and only 16 residents, reports the Japan Times.

Cats on Aoshima Island.
Cats on Aoshima Island. Image by Sayoko Shimoyama / CC BY 2.0

The animals are often fed by tourists and the locals, many of whom are pensioners, but the island was running out of cat food. A man named Kazuyuki Ono Tweeted about the need for food for the animals at the request of the president of the Aoshima Cat Protection Society.

Cats on Aoshima Island.
Cats on Aoshima Island. Image by Sayoko Shimoyama / CC BY 2.0

The island, which is a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland, received hundreds of boxes of food from people eager to help out the kitties in need.

Cats on Aoshima Island.
Cats on Aoshima Island. Image by Sayoko Shimoyama / CC BY 2.0

According to the Japan Times, in spring and summer tourists generally come to the island and feed the kitties, but winter time can mean less people and less food for the cats.

Cats on Aoshima Island.
Cats on Aoshima Island. Image by Sayoko Shimoyama

After such a huge response from the Tweet another message was sent out asking people to stop sending food as the island was running out of space to store it, reports Business Insider.

Cats on Aoshima Island.
Cats on Aoshima Island. Image by Sayoko Shimoyama / CC BY 2.0

It’s no surprise that people wanted to help out – Japan has one of the highest per capita rates of cat ownership and recently celebrated the 30th annual Cat Day on 22 February.

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