February 22nd marks a special day in Japan – Cat Day, aka Neko no Hi (猫の日). On this day, people across Japan take a moment to share their love for their feline friends, often sharing photos of their cats and even posting cat-ear selfies.
The date may seem random at first glance, but there is actually a very specific reason behind the date; The number two in Japanese is pronounced “Ni” while a cat’s cry is pronounced “Nya.” Since the words sound particularly similar, February 22nd was deemed Cat Day by the Japanese Executive Committee in 1987.
To celebrate, we’ve rounded up all of our kitty-focused manga in one big post, perfect for binge reading!
Story and Art: Ranma Kusumi
Fisherman Masa is asked to investigate the mysterious Cat Rental store but gets more than he bargained for when he meets the mysterious manager, Kuro! With plenty of fantasy and Youkai elements, this Edo-period story is perfect for anybody looking for a fun, historical read.
Tourism meets manga in this adorable full-color story, introducing the reader to some of the cutest workers in Tokyo – the cats! The Shop Cats of Tokyo is ideal for any travelers looking to expand their Tokyo itinerary.
After adopting a stray called Sen, mangaka Chie discovers she may have bitten off more than she can chew with this cheeky kitten! This wholesome manga looks into the ups and downs of kittens and being a cat-lover while drawing manga.
A bittersweet comic depicting the life of one boy and his cat as they grow up together, going through the good and bad times together. If you grew up with a cat, then you’ll surely relate to this heartwarming story.
Langue de Chat is a patisserie made by cats for cats! This sweet manga follows a part-time worker as he grows and learns more about the world. It also includes some recipes to follow in real life!
Milly, the cat, has just had kittens – but looking after babies is never easy! Baby Zoccha follows the growth and development of these adorable kittens from Milly’s perspective, with plenty of aww-worthy and funny moments.
Ryo Ikemi is a mangaka who also happens to have owned a large number of unique cats throughout her life. Her hilarious (and sometimes bittersweet) manga will have you falling in love with each and every one of her precious pets.
A comfortable slice-of-life comedy revolving around the elderly Yamaha and his beloved pet cat Shima. Any cat owner or lover will be able to relate to Yamada’s experiences while falling in love with these adorable protagonists.
After being dumped by her long-term boyfriend, our protagonist decides to buy a cat but soon discovers that her cat can talk – and this cat doesn’t hold back! Cheeky as it may be, this strange cat may actually have a point…
Chef Yori has started hearing voices at the empty Waikiki Cafe that he works at… Little does he know, the voice belongs to Aubrey, a seemingly ordinary cat with some extraordinary abilities. Perhaps all Yori needs to bring customers to his cafe and improve his relationship is a gentle nudge from his unique pet.
After spontaneously adopting a cat, the ordinary office worker Eiko starts a brand new life with her kitten. Eiko’s tiny new friend may just help her grow as a person and learn to make important decisions for herself.
The story of the Iwamichi household is a chaotic one, with ten cats and Moji the dog. It may seem wild, but you’ll gradually come to discover the charms of each cat and how they interact with each other in this wholesome manga!
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