Project to Promote Harmonious Coexistence of Community Cats and Citizens

Project to Promote Harmonious Coexistence of Community Cats and Citizens

We are looking for people who can do Community Cat Activities in your garden or other places !

What’s Community Cats !? What’s Ear Tipping Cats !?

Community cats are neither domestic cats nor stray cats. They are mysterious beings.

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A simple demonstration of the differences would look something like this.

Community catsThey don’t have a home, but they have someone to take care of them.
Domestic catsThey have a home and people to take care of them.
Stray catsNo home, no one to take care of them.

*In reality, there are a variety of cats that straddle the line, such as cats that are owned but are free to come and go and are loved by the community, and cats that are former stray cats but are now community cats.

In order to prevent an increase in the number of stray cats, which are placed in very harsh environments, volunteers, government officials, and veterinarians work together to neuter or sterilize cats, and as a mark of this, the tips of their ears are slightly cut. This is “Ear Tipping cats” ! This is also called a “Cherry blossom (SAKURA) ear cut” because they resemble cherry blossom petals.

The technical term for this activity is TNR, which stands for Trap (capture), Neuter (spay or neuter), and Return (return to the capture site).

Generally, male cats have their right ear cropped and female cats have their left ear cropped in Japan.


What happens “after” TNR ?

Here, the question arises.

What happens to the cats after TNR, that is, after they are caught, operated on, have their ears cut, and returned to the place where they were caught ? What happens to the cats after that ?

Well, maybe they will live like lazy cats !? ….that is a joke, and in reality, it is difficult to live. While the life span of a domesticated cat is said to be 15 to 20 years, that of a stray cat is said to be 2 to 3 years at most, and if they die soon after TNR, people will not know why they went through the trouble of TNR, and their, cat’s lives will be no better than if they had been killed.

*By the way, TNR generally uses our taxes as well.

Therefore, we have decided to implement this project.


Project to Promote Harmonious Coexistence of Community Cats and Citizens

Project SummaryA project to encourage community cats and stray cats to return to their communities after implementing TNR, to live their lives there and live in good health together with the citizens.
LocationAkishima area, Tokyo (your home, office, etc.)
Application Benefits・Kitty Food Starter Set
・Guide to Community Cat Activities (How to do it)
・Community Cat Supporter Certification Sticker
… etc.
Application FeeFree of charge
*This project is supported by a grant from the Akishima City Citizen Activity Support Project in 2023, and is operated by Sirius Cat Organization that contributes to the community.
Date and TimeAll year round
*This event is not limited to a specific date and time, so please apply whenever you wish.
How to ApplyPlease fill out the application form or send it to akishima@siriuscat.org with ①your name, ②your address, and ③your phone number.

・Leaflet (PDF, 1MB)


Sirius Cat’s Ideal

Cats are solitary by nature. Cats are free to roam freely within a 100 to 500 meter radius of their home territory. They patrol to see if other cats have invaded their territory, go looking for food because they are hungry, take a nap in the shade because the wind is pleasant, or explore new places from time to time, depending on the season.

Given the nature of such cats, the basic approach to conventional cat sheltering has been to concentrate the sheltering of a large number of cats in a closed environment in a single location, such as one organization or one shelter. In fact, although this seems to be efficient, it is not a very good method for both parties, as it places an excessive burden on those running the shelter and is stressful for the cats as well.

We are not sure if this is the best answer, but perhaps a shift to a less burdensome, open, decentralized approach to protection, where local residents, offices, and businesses each share a little of the workload and make the cats community cats involved at each location, would be a meaningful activity in terms of continuity. Cats looked after by everyone in the community. That is Sirius Cat’s vision of a community cat.


FAQ about the project

This project focuses on the protection, observation, and breeding of cats after TNR is conducted. Therefore, TNR itself will not be conducted.
Yes, it is possible. When children interact with nature and animals in their daily lives, it has a very positive impact on them when they grow up. We would be very happy if your child could report back to us what kind of free research he or she has done.
Yes, as long as your place of work is in Akishima City, your family home is in Akishima City, etc., and your activities are related to the Akishima area. Please indicate this in your application.
Yes, you can apply. This project is an officially approved project in cooperation with the local government. If you have been feeding them in secret or have been feeling guilty about it, please take this opportunity to apply.

Good for owners with domestic cats (indoor cats)

If for some reason a cat becomes a lost cat, it is much more likely to be found if there are many people who are involved in community cat activities (hereafter, for the sake of brevity, let’s call them “community cat supporters”) in the community or if they are scattered around. If there are many or scattered “community cat supporters” in your area, the chances of finding a lost cat are very high. This is because the average person who is not familiar with cats, even if he or she finds a lost cat, cannot first determine whether or not the cat is a lost. Furthermore, since cats can only be seen as cats together, they cannot be identified by individual cats. For example, when you see a foreigner, you see all foreigners in the same category, and this is even more pronounced with cats. (Please forgive us, we do not mean this in a discriminatory way.)

Community cat supporters usually observe and watch over local cats on a daily basis, so if a similar cat appears in a flash, they can easily identify it as a new cat. More importantly, they often give every cat a name in their own way, and can accurately identify cats that may look the same to the general public by slight differences in features and gestures. Community cat supporters are not experts in searching for cats, but if a community has a community cat supporter stationed in the area, it will be easier to find cats other than the ones you usually see outside, stray cats, etc.


Attractiveness of Community Cats

At zoos and cat cafes, you can go see them anytime if you pay money. However, community cats are fickle. They may or may not be there today. But when you do get to see them, you will be twice as happy. Community cats, of course, also have a wide variety of personalities. There are mild-mannered cats, friendly cats, difficult cats, timid cats, wary cats, as well as cats that understand a little human language*, cats that are always sleepy, cats that are territorial, and so on.

*It is said that rather than actually understanding the words themselves, they read the combination of sounds, the gesture and atmosphere of the person who utters them, and formulate their intentions.

We know from observing both humans and cats that most people walk by unnoticed at all, even though there is a cat there. In other words, cats are very good at hiding their presence. Please try to look for them as if you were trying to find Pokemon.

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