Caturday felid trifecta: Giant Japanese cat sells sweet potatoes; jerk glues a cat to the road, but “Sticky” was rescued; and rescuing the fishing cat

Reader “revelator60” sent this video tweet and the link to Mr. Sweet Potato Cat.

Tweet translation: “I met a cat’s baked potato shop. I was nervous.”  Wouldn’t you be, too? But it’s really adorable. I’d buy a sweet potato from this cat.

Revelator60 adds this:

Apparently it was filmed at a baked sweet potato stand in Japan. There is a website with more information. It’s in Japanese but can be partially read through Chrome or Google Translate.

Some of the translation that I made in Chrome:

“Do you know the unusual baked sweet potato shop “Yamada Mikage Cat” in Tottori Prefecture? The shopkeeper wears a cat costume, stands near the main street of Kurayoshi Station, and sells sweet and delicious grilled sweet potato. I used to do a cat ramen shop before. This time, I interviewed the shopkeeper for two hours to get close to the mystery. You know why you are doing a strange business, the more you hear it, the more strange you feel and it’s still hard to believe.”

“It’s a cat with no problem.”

“The varieties of baked sweet potato are red and red. It is sweeter and more popular candy than sweet sweet potato. The price is medium 300 yen, large 400 yen, extra-large 500-800 yen, the same as the market price. It’s a cat, but the business is solid and firm.”

The cat also gets interviewed; here are its answers:

“Cat: Yeah. On the contrary, since it is hot in a day that is usually cold, it has a system of air conditioning clothes. I’ve been working on my own all the time, but due to my budget, my ankles have not enough hair yet. (※ Currently completed)

It’s thirsty when it’s sold for 5 to 6 hours, so I can drink about plastic bottles, and if it’s about salmon I can eat it.

To save money for buying a trailer and doing this to make a ramen stand, I’m trying to improve it now and I’m making improvements and I don’t know if I’m making money!”

Interviewer: How much do you sell a day?

Cat: about 40 per day. It will end as soon as it is sold out. It’s not a town with lots of people, so I can’t help but sell it in one day.

We do it from 17:00 to 22:00 about 4 days a week. I can see it from the main street in front of Kurayoshi Station. Because it is a fixed holiday, it is no good for customers.


Interviewer: Lucky to meet you

Cat: Originally, a male three-haired cat is not at all natural. If you are there, it’s a lucky thing that costs tens of millions of yen. I am lucky if I can see you. I’ll be lucky enough to sell to the students. I will improve my chopsticks and say “I will pass well”.

The interview goes on, and is hilarious in translation (the only way I can understand it), but it’s time for Sweet Potato Cat to go home:


Here’s a sad tail that turns great at the end (I’ll never post cat stories with sad endings!). Someone apparently glued a kitten to the road (there are a lot of sickos out there). But it was rescued and got a forever home. You can read the article by clicking on the screenshot, or by watching the video below, which gives all the information about Sticky.

5-Week-Old Kitten Named ‘Sticky’ Found Glued to Busy Oregon Road


I was lucky enough to see a fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) at the Singapore Zoo: you have to go on a nighttime visit as they’re nocturnal. But the damn thing was indeed slapping its paw into a stream, trying to catch a fish!

Fishing cats are denizens of southeast Asia, and are medium sized, weighing between 5 and 16 kilos. They’re rare and listed as “threatened”. Here’s a photo of one:

Here’s a video from the Fishing Cat Conservancy about efforts to rescue them.


h/t: Su


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted May 11, 2019 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I knew the sweet potatoes were a big product in Okinawa but did not know they were in other parts of Japan. During and after the war the people in Okinawa survived on these potatoes.

    • Posted May 13, 2019 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      I didn’t know that there would be stores devoted to them. Also, I am not sure exactly what is being sold – “sweet potato”, “yam” and “rutabaga” are all variable referent across dialects of English. One would I guess also have to throw in “taro” and the odd “rutabager”.

  2. docbill1351
    Posted May 11, 2019 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Q, short for “rescue,” now lives with us and weighs in at 12 lbs! When he was a few weeks old weighing about 1 lb he was tossed out of the window of a moving car on a freeway in Houston. Our neighbor saw it happen, stopped her car protecting the cat and with the aid of other drivers blocking traffic, picked up Q and brought him to us to keep overnight.

    Seven months ago.

    • rickflick
      Posted May 11, 2019 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      Terrific of you. I hope he continues to do well.

  3. Bill Gilliland
    Posted May 11, 2019 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Wait, is “3-haired cat” referencing the calico coat coloration? Because a male 3-haired cat would be caused by the cat having XXY chromosomes (Klinefelter syndrome).

  4. CAS
    Posted May 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully someone turns in the person that glued the cat to the road. Their sadism will probably result in even nastier behavior in the future.

  5. revelator60
    Posted May 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I am of course delighted by this post—many thanks to Professor Ceiling Cat for devoting part of Caturday to Sweet Potato Cat. May his business remain “solid and firm”!

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