When you have a large population of cats some are born with unusual characteristics. In Japan, one of those characteristics was a short tale people thought that cats with a short tail wouldn’t change into a monstrous spirit that’s why in the Edo period the Japanese public actually preferred short-tailed cats, and that variety became known as the Japanese cat.
Cats have some extraordinary skills
Although. There is no idea who gave them that name and are those cats still around? Now, in recent years breeds such as Siamese cats have become available in Japan. They’re attractive and stylish with long tails.
Other examples include American short hairs and British short hairs their numbers increased and short-tailed cats have now become pretty unusual.
Certainly in Europe and in America too cats have this kind of supernatural image about them. As well is that something that’s common in Japan too is that compared to human beings cats have some extraordinary skills. For example their ability to see in the dark from our perspective it’s amazing.
It comes from their pupils in the daytime the pupils become narrow so cats aren’t dazzled by the light then at night. They open widely according to one theory in the Edo period people were able to tell the time based on the dilation of a cat’s pupils abilities. Such night vision contributed to the image of cats as supernatural today a new phenomenon is changing Japan’s long-held relationship with cats.
The explosive rise in feral cats
The explosive rise in feral cats a single pair of cats and their offspring can increase the population by as many as 100 animals a year. There are currently around 100 000 feral cats in Tokyo alone. This is causing all sorts of problems the cats leave poor marks and scratches on cars and their droppings result in a bad smell.
In the past, all the feral cats that were caught were put down. These days more local authorities put feral cats in shelters but even now around 27 000 are killed each year in some places residents are seeking alternatives to putting cats down.
They include initiatives backed by the local government to stop feral cats from breeding the animals are captured, spayed, or neutered, and then released. Also, a notch is cut out of one ear this is to distinguish them from other cats that have not yet undergone it.
Japanese people work together to provide food for cats in the Neighborhood cat project
In the procedure residents work together to provide food for the animals. It’s known as the neighborhood cat project however some local people oppose the initiative this has divided the community and caused tension.
In response, the local government stepped in assigned a mediator, and is backing the neighborhood cat project. The mediator visits frequently to speak to residents and aims for good neighborhood relations today. she’s visiting someone who works on the neighborhood cat project there have been complaints about the way she feeds feral cats.
Don’t put cat food directly on the ground
But we’ve had complaints, people say you put food directly on the ground but the cats follow me around. still, it’s important not to put food directly on the ground the leftovers rot and attract pests. Concerns about feral cats have led to disagreements among residents about rules and manners it’s not just about the cats the problem lies with the people too.
The first step is to resolve those matters and build a bridge then hopefully the neighborhood cat project can go smoothly. Cats are increasingly popular but the search continues for ways to enable happy coexistence between cats and people.
Why do you think it is that the number of alicats or unwanted cats has become so large? There are many reasons that cats may simply be unwanted perhaps their owners grew too old to take care of them or perhaps their owners moved away.
People feel sorry for feral cats and so they feed them. But the result of that is an increase in the number of feral cats.
Cat increase problem rules, how to implement them?
Giving food to cats out of sympathy just exacerbates the problem. Neutering of cats and dogs happens elsewhere too ethically. How do you feel about that well spaying and neutering are processes that don’t occur in the wild.
Some say they take away a cat’s dignity as a living being those people oppose the practice fiercely it’s a complicated issue.
In cases, don’t think to have a choice but to come up with rules and implement them can’t just let the cat population grow but rural areas maybe don’t need those rules. The cats are not going to understand those rules.
These are human rules. Cats always live the way they wish they were free. Back in the Edo period of the 17th, and 19th centuries. There were large numbers of cats did they have the same problems as too many cats. Back in those days too and if they did have a problem how did they deal with it in the Edo period food supply?
Improved so the population of cats increased actually it shot up however even if a cat had lots of offspring not all of them would make it to adulthood only one or two of them would survive. So it’s like people at the time a cat dying was just something that happened. Everyone simply accepted it but now people feel sorry for them.
They look after them that’s why the number of cats has shot up more and more people are devoted to cats that number is rocketing up. It’s a big change. Of course, it’s important to care for them but don’t think should cast cats in the same light as human beings and give them the same rights.
That’s going a little too far it leads to conflict right it means regardless of cats. The relationship between human beings and animals, in general, is something that’s been in the news quite a lot. Humans and cats are very different. It’s important for us to understand.