Variety Of Cat Lovers: A Grandmother And Her Feline Companion

Cat LoversCat lover Misao Ihara, a 88-year-old resident of Japan, found a tiny odd-eyed kitten in the shed many years ago.  Misao named him Fukumaru “in hope that ‘God of fuku’ (good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed like a ‘maru’ (circle).”

Thirteen years ago, Misao’s granddaughter, photographer Miyoko Ihara, decided to take a series of photographs of her grandmother to commemorate her life.  Because of the special relationship between her grandmother and the cat she’d found years before, Miyoko decided to document that bond.

Due to old age, Misao is losing hearing and her best furry companion has never been able to hear, but they have such a strong bond they seem to understand each other just by looking into each other’s eyes.

Despite being in her late 80s, Misao continues to work in the fields, planting and weeding under the open sky, and Fukumaru never leaves her sight. The two are inseparable and it’s evident there is a strong bond and mutual love that connect them.

The friendship between Misao and Fukumaru is documented in a photo book called Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat.

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Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.

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