Cats get the cream at Fukui temple

Jun 26, 2014

Cats get the cream at Fukui temple

Nicknamed “the temple of cats,” Gotanjoji in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, continues to draw thousands of tourists every year after more than a decade of caring for abandoned cats. Since the monks at the Soto Zen temple took in the first four stray cats 12 ...

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

| Jun 22, 2014

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

With Mackerel, the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. An American shorthair with likely a bit of American curl thrown in, Mackerel looks like a bit of a toughie. And, with unsteady eyes that have trouble focusing, she can ...

A cat named Blanco: In my time

| May 25, 2014

A cat named Blanco: In my time

Blanco came to ARK as a kitten last June with his siblings. Most of his brothers and sisters were adopted quickly but Blanco got passed over, as he was often too busy sleeping or playing to entertain visitors.

A cat named Harrison: All aboard!

| Apr 27, 2014

A cat named Harrison: All aboard!

Harrison is a bit shy but he's gradually warming to people. He may never be a cuddler but he is what is known as a "soft-pawed cat" — one that is very gentle and highly unlikely to use his claws.

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

Mar 26, 2014

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

by Mie Sakamoto

Good news for cat lovers without cats: You can now find your new pet and an apartment to share it with at the same time. Keiko Morishita, an embassy employee and Tokyo resident, is one of those whose apartments have become “temporary shelters” for ...

Fukushima: animal kingdom

Mar 8, 2014

Fukushima: animal kingdom

by Jun Hongo

Kumassy is a cat. As yet he has no owner. No one knows where or when he was born, only that he was found slinking through the damp, cold streets of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 28 before being scooped up by what ...

Cities struggle to keep from killing stray cats

Nov 8, 2013

Cities struggle to keep from killing stray cats

by Kazuki Sawada

Many municipalities are struggling to curb the number of cats they dispose of every year. Latest figures show that the number exceeds 130,000 nationwide. Many officials at animal care centers are concerned that the number is unlikely to fall unless owners change their attitudes ...

History of the cat from ancient god to cuddly pal

Sep 14, 2013

History of the cat from ancient god to cuddly pal

by Tom Cox

Outnumbering dogs by roughly three to one worldwide, cats have been the world’s most popular pet for a long time, but right now, in particular, they seem to be enjoying a golden era — possibly their most golden since the days of ancient Egypt, ...