In Japan– where they take their felines extremely seriously– they call Yuki Hattori the Feline Saviour. He is so popular that he saw 16,000 patients last year, and also crowds consistently queue up to hear him talk regarding neko no kimochi (a cat’s feelings), while people from around Japan make the trip to his technique. In some cases customers show up from more afield. “One flew in from Iraq for a personal appointment,” Hattori claims, “without his pet cat, because of border quarantines.”
One customer flew in from Iraq for an individual examination, without his pet cat, because of border quarantines
In Japan’s rarified globe of cat doctors, the veterinarian Hattori is significantly a superstar– today there is an opportunity for English-speaking feline followers to gain from his knowledge many thanks to What Cats Want, a translation of his 2017 Japanese best seller Neko no Kimochi Kaibo Zukan (The Encyclopaedia of Pet Cat Sensations). The Japanese original is a windy 162 web pages of illustrations, diagrams and short observations that look into pet cat behaviour as well as task.
“All I want is for more people to understand what’s special about dealing with cats,” he informs me when I visit his office.