A cat in Japan, outdoors. INQUIRER.net stock photo

Cats of Okishima ‘cat island’ safe from Typhoon Hagibis, netizens claim

October 14th, 2019

Considered as Japan’s strongest typhoon in decades, Typhoon Hagibis tore through the country only to leave cities and towns devastated in its wake. As Japan is still reeling from the aftermath of the super typhoon, the whole world is now left anticipating how the country will recover.

Amid the concerns of people are of the safety of the cats of Japan, many of whom inhabit islands almost all to themselves. In true Japanese fashion, both the government and citizens appear to have not forgotten about their feline friends and included them in their preparations.

outdoor japanese cat

A cat in Japan, outdoors. INQUIRER.net stock photo

 

One Twitter user @TayAiren shared the good news, saying that the cats of one of Japan’s famous cat islands, Okishima, were taken to safety before the storm hit the island.

“They’re [safe], don’t [be] worried. The government (or people who work with idk) take care about them, They move them to the safety place before the storm for 2-3 days,” the netizen said on Twitter, Oct. 12.

They're safety, don't worried. The government(or people who work with idk) take care about them, They move them to the safety place before the storm for 2-3 days.

— ติ่งแตกสาแหรกขาดดด (@TayAiren) October 12, 2019

Another Twitter user @Latin_AMI meanwhile claimed she took some photos of cats chilling in the streets of Okishima on the afternoon of Oct. 13, just after the typhoon passed.

琵琶湖に浮かぶ沖島
日本で唯一の淡水湖にあり
人が定住する島として知られる

関西から気軽に行ける
猫スポットの一つとして
語られると聞き
訪れてみました

堀切港でやたら
人なつこい子が
いて癒されました(*^ω^*)#旅するウナぐるみ pic.twitter.com/dFIegfBUtX

— ラテンあみー (@Latin_AMI) October 13, 2019

The good news came as a relief, especially as netizens even outside Japan have been airing their concerns for the felines’ safety prior to Typhoon Hagibis’ landfall.

Facebook Thai page @slavetomycat’s post on Oct. 11 expressing worry about the cats’ safety went viral, gaining over 26,000 reactions and 29,000 shares, as of writing.

ขอให้น้องๆปลอดภัย🙏🇯🇵ห่วงชาวญี่ปุ่นแล้วก็อดจะเป็นห่วงน้องๆไม่ได้ ดูจากทิศทางพายุแล้วเกาะแมวที่น่าจะโดนไปเต็มๆก็คือเกาะแมว…

Posted by เรียกฉันว่าทาสแมว on Friday, October 11, 2019

There are no official reports yet on the cats, as of writing. As rescue efforts are still ongoing and the citizens are still recovering, one thing to be thankful for in this unfortunate situation is that our Japanese feline friends appear to be safe. JB

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