There appear to be two outstanding aspects of cat ownership in Japan; they overwhelmingly like the Scottish Fold cat breed and 99.5% of domestic cats in that country are full-time indoor cats. The information is interesting and it comes from Anicom Insurance.
You have to ask yourself why the Scottish Fold is so popular. I have to say that I can confirm that this is true because during thousands of hours of surfing the Internet I have often seen an association between Japanese people and Scottish Fold cats.
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Created by Nippon.com based on data from the Anicom Popular Cat Breed Ranking 2020.
The Japanese have a word for cuteness and it is “kawaii”. One female blogger, Yumi Nakata, says that Japan is the Mecca of cuteness. She says that she hardly sees cute stuff in America and gets excited when she goes to a local Japanese supermarket. I thought that this cuteness culture in Japan was generated by young women and girls. Perhaps they are the core of the movement but it isn’t just about young girls. Apparently many major companies in Japan employ a cute mascot to represent their business. “Hello Kitty” is a very successful global Japanese mascot character. So why are the Japanese obsessed with everything cute?
Yumi Nakata believes that kawaii brings peace and calm into the lives of Japanese people. It’s an antidote to the harsh realities of working long hours under heavy social pressures. For me it’s a kind of opium of the masses to put it unkindly. It’s a healthy drug. Much healthier than actually taking drugs.
I believe that I have discovered why the Scottish Fold cat is so popular in Japan. As mentioned above the Japanese like cuteness. The Scottish Fold looks cute because their ears are folded down. This gives the cat the appearance of a baby because it makes the face more rounded. They have this rounded face and big round eyes. Domestic cats have eyes which are much larger proportional to their head size than humans. The regular domestic cat can have a baby-like face but the Scottish Fold enhances this appearance.
Therefore owning a Scottish Fold is like permanently owning a baby and babies are very cute. In fact the Scottish Fold is better than a baby because you haven’t got to deal with all the usual baby stuff. Of course you’ve got cat staff to deal with but I would suggest that it is easier than the baby stuff. And it’s cheaper. Domestic cats are more independent than babies. They can be left alone (but not too long please because they are quite sociable).
Maru is まる in Japanese. It means “circle” or “round”. Maru is the famous Japanese Scottish Fold who is so cute when he dives into boxes. His name supports my argument about roundness and cuteness. Although Maru’s ears are not folded (this is not uncommon for this breed). He’s still round though!
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