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Caretaker of Japanese cat island would like you to stop sending them food now

The cats have enough food to last them until April. You can stop now. Seriously.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 2, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:44 am CDT

When the caretaker of one of Japan‘s cat islands asked Twitter for help feeding the island’s residents, they got much, much more than they bargained for.

Here’s the original message from the caretaker of the Aoshima cat island.

Here’s a translation, courtesy of Rocket News 24:

Please send cat food to Aoshima. We are steadily running out of food.

Naoko Kamimoto
Aoshima Cat Protection Society
52 Aoshima, Nagahama-cho, Ozu-shi, Ehime Prefecture

In case you need our phone number, please contact us individually.

The caretaker continued…


“Please understand our current situation. There are no stores to buy food here on Aoshima. There aren’t any vending machines either. The people here acquire their necessities by taking a boat to the mainland. However, it’s extremely windy in winter, and boat service is often suspended.”

Two days later, people granted the caretaker’s request.


“Today, I am heading to Aoshima. Over 40 packages are to be delivered. Thank you so very much, everyone, for sending us supplies.”

But then it got to be too much.


“Thank you for all the supplies. We can’t get any more cat food in the storage area, so we put it in the waiting room. With things the way they are now, we have enough food to last until the end of March, so please don’t send any more for now. Thank you very much.”

Seriously, people. Enough already.


“Please stop sending supplies (cat food) to Aoshima. We got far more than we ever expected, and there’s no more storage room. We’ll be fine until April. Thank you all very much. Wow, the cats of Aoshima are incredibly popular!”

Of course, what’s left unsaid is that too much cat food makes the cats too reliant on people. And when they get too reliant, they get mean. And when they get mean, they go all John Cena on you. That, after all, is why they have their own island in the first place.

H/T Laughing Squid | Photo via Sayoko Shimoyama/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 2, 2016, 8:46 am CST