Poor Nyan Cat

Never have I seen tamer cats than during my stay in Japan. I have seen Japanese cats submissively undergo treatments that would have sent any Belgian cat into a hissing, clawing and biting frenzy.

You can imagine my surprise when I came across the following scene in a shopping street in Okinawa:

Cat on a leash in Japan

How often do you see a grown man walk around with a cat dressed in a pink cape decorated with bows, flowers and what have you not? In most cases, the answer to that question will be “not very often”. Unless of course you live in Japan, in which case you will be forced to respond with “occasionally”.

My amazement increased when I saw that the cat would lie down and get up again on command. As the man walked off, the cat meekly followed at his side. Although obedient, the cat looked far from happy. My initial tendency to laugh at the scene soon changed into a feeling of pity for the cat.

Cat walking on a leash in Okinawa, Japan

Cat walking on a leash in Okinawa, Japan

Let’s have a closer look at the cat. Don’t you think it looks a little bit like Nyan Cat? Only Nyan Cat looks a lot happier.

Poor Nyan Cat

Poor Nyan Cat

 

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13 thoughts on “Poor Nyan Cat

  1. Pingback: Docile Japanese cats | The Japans

  2. This illustrates a huge difference between cats and dogs: dogs don’t get visibly depressed when you humiliatingly dress them up. They just grin and bear it, haha!

  3. Wow I have never seen that!
    Some dogs don’t even take to kindly to being on a leash.
    My dogs barely obey commands. I would like to say because they are stupid little dogs but I am sure if I tried hard enough they would learn.

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