The Kyushu Cat Man started making headlines a few months ago when he brazenly walked his stroller full of cats through Tokyo, Japan. However, the Cat Man is making waves again, this time sharing a little bit more about himself and bringing a cause with his stroller full of cats.
The Cat Man is actually Masahiko Suga, a 53 year old retiree from Kagoshima, Kyushu that hopes to encourage Japan's cat owners to have a better attachment to their animals, maybe even to have them take their cats out for walks like he does.
Suga adopted his first stray in 1999 after which he also took in the stray's band of cat siblings into his home, amassing nine cats in total. However, as one would expect from feral cats, they were a terror on the furniture. Suga swears that after he retired from his electronics job that walking his nine cats around in a stroller helped relieve them of the boredom that had them ripping up the upholstery and furniture in his home. The cats enjoy the fresh air and the scenery, but they also enjoy meeting with their many admirers who stop them on the street to enjoy their fluffy company.
Although Japan is famous for its cat cafes and feline internet stars, in recent years it seems that dogs have become the more popular pet of choice. Suga hope to bring the cats back into the spotlight, but if nothing else he hopes those that can't own a cat will at least find comfort among meeting his on the street.
“I am happy if I can give an opportunity for cat lovers unable to have one as a pet to feel comforted by playing with my cats,” said Mr. Suga, who is petdad to the nine felines that include Himalayan and chinchilla golden breeds.