Tokyo park’s last community cat finds forever home after living outside for 12 years

Chibi, the last community cat in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park, is seen after being rescued in January 2022 in this photo provided by cat welfare organization Chiyoda Nyantonarukai.

TOKYO — The last community cat in a park in the heart of Japan’s capital has finally found a permanent home after living outside for a dozen years.

Chibi (meaning “little”) the orange tabby cat, estimated to be 12 years old, was the last community cat in Hibiya Park in Tokyo’s Chiyoda district. He was rescued in January this year and was recently adopted by a cat-loving family. According to cat protection group Chiyoda Nyantonarukai, which cared for Chibi after her rescue, it often takes a long time for adult felines who have lived outdoors for years to find adopters, partly because they distrust humans. Chibi, however, found a forever home in about six months.

The organization explained that Chibi was hospitalized after the rescue for deworming and testing for feline AIDS, and spent his time waiting for an adopter at a cat cafe in Tokyo’s Akihabara district run by Chiyoda Nyantonarukai. . Although he had lived outdoors for 12 years, he was friendly with humans and played with them using toys, possibly because as a community cat he had been petted and fed by many people. Chiyoda Nyantonarukai staff observing his behavior thought he might be adopted quite quickly.

A family who learned about Hibiya Park’s last community cat in a story by Mainichi Shimbun on April 4, 2022 has contacted the welfare organization. The family adopted three rescued cats from the park about 20 years ago and said Chibi “could be a relative of our cats.” They met him at the cat cafe and reportedly decided to adopt him, and Chibi now lives with the family and their two other felines.

The people who fed and cared for the Hibiya Park community cats are also apparently thrilled that Chibi has found a home. The director of the welfare group, Akiko Katori, told the Mainichi Shimbun: “Unlike kittens, it takes a long time for adult cats to find adoptive parents. Even a cat that has lived outside for 12 years can become a pet and live happily ever after. if it improves public understanding of adult cat adoption.”

The director of the cat protection organization Chiyoda Nyantonarukai, Akiko Katori, is seen at a cafe for rescued felines in Tokyo’s Chiyoda district in July 2022. (Mainichi/Satoshi Tokairin)

Improving this perception and people leaving their cats outside have become key issues, the group says, as the number of shelters increases due to the inability of elderly owners to continue caring. of their pets and cases of animal hoarding.

Chiyoda Nyantonarukai operates cat cafes in Akihabara and Kanda-Jimbocho districts in Chiyoda Ward, and seeks people to adopt the animals there. Details can be found on the group’s website at

(Japanese original by Satoshi Tokairin, Tokyo City News Department)

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