I’m a sucker for cats. All varieties, I think they are adorable. I can rarely pass up giving some love to a cat that I see. I love cats so much that my husband even bought me one although he dislikes them. My cat is actually not very loving, but I love him anyhow. When I was in Japan, I got pretty homesick once in awhile for my husband and cat. I couldn’t really get around the missing husband part, but I did find a few ways to get my cat fix while I was in Okayama! As I was walking through a shopping area, I found it: a huge pet store with flashing lights calling me in.
Kittens and puppies? I had to go in! I creeped on all the animals and although I couldn’t touch or hold them because I wasn’t really planning on buying anything, it still helped lessen the loneliness for that moment. I was still a little sad though… most of the animals looked sad. Really sad. There were many toy dog breeds and fancy cats like the scottish fold. They looked kind of sickly and just plain unhappy. I worried that it was a mill disguised as an innocent pet store in Japan.
The best option is to adopt from a local family or rescue agency. While I do enjoy visiting the animals in pet stores in Japan, they always seem to be in a poor sanitary condition and the pets look half alive and unhappy. So sad! There may be a pet shop in Japan that isn’t like that, but the ones I found were basically in the same situation. Thankfully, some people in Japan are working on rescuing and fostering animals for adoption in Japan, which is great!