A Tiny Island in Japan Holds a Secret…a Cute Secret. Are Those Cat Paw Prints in the Sand?

A Japanese photographer named Fubirai has spent the last 5 years documenting the lives of semi-wild cats in the Fukuoka prefecture located on Kyushu Island in Japan. Unlike other cities that find stray cats to be a nuisance, the residents of this island live in harmony with the cats and share a caring relationship with them.

Being a fishing island, when fishermen return from sea, the cats are waiting in anticipation for the bountiful harvest from the sea. Unlike the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan, this island is not creepy or mysterious at all. The island has been called Cat Heaven Island and it couldn’t be more appropriate because, for cats, it truly is heaven on earth.

Local inhabitants of the island share their daily catches with cats on the island.

Local inhabitants of the island share their daily catches with cats on the island.

The island in Fukuoka, Japan has been called Cat Heaven Island because there are so many cats, and they are happy.

The island in Fukuoka, Japan has been called Cat Heaven Island because there are so many cats, and they are happy.

Photographer Fubirai has spent 5 years on cat island and plays with the cats while capturing all of the wonderful moments with his camera.

Photographer Fubirai has spent 5 years on cat island and plays with the cats while capturing all of the wonderful moments with his camera.

There are countless families of cats and they all care for each other.

There are countless families of cats and they all care for each other.

Mothers and their kittens living in peace.

Mothers and their kittens living in peace.

It’s adorable to watch cats living like families on the island.

It's adorable to watch cats living like families on the island.

Cats love to eat and will continue to visit homes that feed them.

Cats love to eat and will continue to visit homes that feed them.

But sometimes they’ll search for food that might have been left over on fishing boats.

But sometimes they'll search for food that might have been left over on fishing boats.

They love lying in the warm sun.

They love lying in the warm sun.

The locals love feeding the cats and treat them like pets of their own.

The locals love feeding the cats and treat them like pets of their own.

They have the entire island to discover.

They have the entire island to discover.

They love humans and the locals love them too.

They love humans and the locals love them too.

The rat pack is on the hunt.

The rat pack is on the hunt.

I think this one is defending the prey he caught. This fish is all mine!

I think this one is defending the prey he caught. This fish is all mine!

This one might have drank too much coffee instead of milk! He looks wired LOL.

This one might have drank too much coffee instead of milk! He looks wired LOL.

After a big meal, cats get tired too.

After a big meal, cats get tired too.

This cat likes to burn off those calories with some cat stunts.

This cat likes to burn off those calories with some cat stunts.

They love sharing the island with the residents of the island, especially when they provide them with freshly caught fish!

They love sharing the island with the residents of the island, especially when they provide them with freshly caught fish!

They get to hang around the island all day playing and living the wonderful life of a cat.

They get to hang around the island all day playing and living the wonderful life of a cat.

And being adorable.

And being adorable.

Because they are free, the entire island is their playground.

Because they are free, the entire island is their playground.

This little cutie wants to find a quicker way of getting across the island!

This little cutie wants to find a quicker way of getting across the island!

With so many cats at your door, it can be a handful at times.

With so many cats at your door, it can be a handful at times.

But how could say no to this adorable face?! He gets all the fish he wants!

But how could say no to this adorable face?! He gets all the fish he wants!

Spending a full day outside does get tiring, even for cats.

Spending a full day outside does get tiring, even for cats.

These cats are experiencing heaven on earth. It’s no wonder the island is called Cat Heaven Island because it is!

These cats are experience heaven on earth. It's no wonder the island is called Cat Heaven Island, because it is!

The residents of cat island treat these cats with the respect they deserve and the cats return the favor. They are living in harmony together and it is so beautiful to see the relationship between the residents, their children, and the cats.

Please share this beautiful cat island where residents and cats live in harmony with your friends and family.

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