This one’s for all the cat ladies out there: Call your travel agent now, because I have a fun and furry vacation idea for you.
Book a ticket to Aoshima Island. This tiny Japanese isle is a magical, meowy place where squads of feral cats rule the streets, and just about everything else, according to NBC News.
Also known as Cat Island, Aoshima is a pet dander paradise where felines outnumber humans six to one.
“Water and cats?” you may exclaim. “That makes no sense! How did the kitties get there? They certainly didn’t swim.”
Correct, dear reader. The cats were introduced to Aoshima in 1945, via boat, by fisherman who were tired of being plagued by mice from the area. At the time, the mile-long island was home to 900 people, but now many of these human residents have moved on, leaving the cats free to establish their own empire.
Today, only a handful of people live on the island, sharing the space with over 120 cats, who descended from the original whiskered settlers.
Mostly abandoned buildings and tomcat territory, Aoshima offers no shops, restaurants or major attractions for tourists, but that hasn’t stopped literal boatloads of kitty lovers from hopping on the ferry from the mainland for a 30-minute ride to visit Cat Island. There, the felines wait by the docks to greet their guests and greedily take any snacks they’ve brought with them.
Start packing right meow! And don’t forget the sardines.