The Japanese have always been crazy about cats and now it’s official. The most popular cat in Japan is now recognized as the cat.

Tomoko Ishida, a 52-year-old public relations officer at major pet company Aeonpet Co. says more elderly people are giving up on dogs and keeping cats instead due to the perception that dogs require greater care because owners need to take them out for walks every day and are legally obliged to get them vaccinated. In other words, cats are less hassle to care for but more of a hassle to keep happy.

The Japanese are often trend-setters so if cats are taking over Japan, perhaps they can take over the rest of the world as well.

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