Japanese cat magazines rule! Scottish fold kittens on Japan magazine cover, 猫の雑誌.

scottish fold cat magazine covers

With their round and sweet faces, Scottish Fold cats are natural stars. No surprise that they’re on the cover of many cat magazines in Japan! (They make great center-FOLDS as well.)

scottish fold white fur

Since many of you were curious about Japanese “neko” magazines, here are some images from my collection. I got these zines at Book-Off (the used bookstore with many locations) for $1.50-3 each. New issues are sold at Kinokuniya and other major bookshops.


Crea Cat is my favorite of the bunch, since the pages emphasize cute photography, layouts and costumes. The Scottish Fold, with a bow-tie and speech bubble, is a perfect example.

crea cat magazine japan

Japanese “kawaii” is all about big, anime eyes… so this white fur foldy is the ideal model.

exotic shorthair cat in wig

I laughed so hard at this squish-faced Exotic Shorthair in a wig.

scottish fold cat origins, scotland uk

The magazine has a number of fun features, such as an article about the origins of different cat breeds. Scottish folds are of course from Scotland!

zura neko cat wigs

How ridiculous is this? “We are zura cats” means cats who look like they are wearing wigs, or black hairpieces…

zura cats, white cats black hair

This fold-eared fellow even has dark sideburns! Once again, the magazine puts him in a bow-tie, and takes photos from angles that emphasize his plumpness.

cat magazine layout

Unlike Western cat magazines, the layout is more “kawaii”, and you’ll find a lot of Scottish Folds and kitty costumes in the mix.

japan cat magazine photos

Here’s a feature about Japanese women and their cat companions. I spot an owl-face in there…

japanese cat crazy

… and here’s a black and white foldy called Aqua. Her home reminds me of a cat cafe, with so many “nekos” running around.

japanese stationmaster train cat

Japan’s cat magazines also do stories about famous felines, such as the stationmaster cat who wears a conductor’s cap.

scottish folds colors, ginger orange

Some pages are similar to Japanese fashion magazines. This one ranks the cats. A fold who looks a bit like Basil Farrow is #1!

scottish fold cat grey and white

An angry face, in the question and answer column. Isn’t it nice to see such a variety of Scottish folds?

cat cafe menu portraits

Can you spot two round-heads in here? Hint, one is doing the distinctive dangle.

flying cats

Apparently cats can fly. Note the cat’s face on the big building poster, at the bottom.

cats around the world, countries

Here’s a nice article about cats spotted during travels around the world.

scottish fold cat health issues

Other magazines, like Cat’s Heart (neko no kokoro), tackle more serious feline subject matter — such as proper grooming and massage techniques, and dealing with insect pests.

cat health digestion diagram

Poor foldy seems to be suffering from diarrhea! A diagram illustrates how food travels through a cat’s digestive system. Of course, the poop has a happy face.

cat doctor visit

After a trip to the vet, this kitten seems to be feeling better. Before long, he’ll be lying upside down again.

baby scottish fold longhair kitten

Finally, here’s a cute ad starring a ginger-orange Scottish Fold kitten. It advertises Aeon City, a huge pet supply store in Odaiba, Tokyo. In addition to the usual food and toys, they carry pet costumes, have a cooking studio, produce custom craft goods for pets, and even have oxygen capsules for dogs!

fat cat sitting on table

Basil Farrow and I hope you enjoyed this peek into the Jpop world of “neko magazines!”

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cat depth of field dslr portrait

Could you see YOUR cat on the cover of one of these magazines? Which feature made you smile the most?


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