So I was reading this report called, "A dog's life" about pets in Japan! It said that in Tokyo, pets are only seen wearing fashionable clothes from boutiques, and that people pay for swimming classes, aromatherapy, and acupuncture -- for their pets! And that the cat craze in Japan contributes over 2 trillion yen every year to Japan! The article said that people have a need for affection and because not as many people have families anymore, the pets are the go-to for that need.
There are islands of cats in Japan which are popular. I, myself, was impressed by Kishi, a small train station in Japan in the middle of nowhere but where the cat is the station manager, and the train station is shaped like a cat, and so people all over the world come to visit this cat in her office! They also have cat cafes all over and places that have cute cat desserts!