Hug Your Cat Day was on June 4! This blog is a little late, shhh. (I was too busy hugging my cat!) Actually, I’m pretty devastatingly allergic to cat dander, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating them any less! To help supplement my need for cat-therapy, I’ve discovered and loved these cat-related manga. Enjoy!
Wondercat Kyuu-chan by Sasami Nitori
An adorable, full-color manga series about a young man who rescues a very special cat. There's more to this kitty than meets the eye! Kyuu-chan loves snacks, cuddles, and bow ties, but most of all loves Hinata, the young professional who adopted this mischievous wonder cat into his home. As the two adjust to life together, they discover that they have a lot to learn from each other.
A Man & His Cat by Umi Sakurai
In the pet shop he calls home, a chubby, homely cat whiles away the hours listening to coos of delight from potential pet parents...but he knows it's not him they're fussing over. Having all but given up on life, the feline dejectedly awaits his first birthday, when he'll officially be past his sell-by date. So when an older gentleman comes into the shop and wants to take him home, the kitten himself is most shocked of all!
Cat Massage Therapy by Haru Hisakawa
A full-color manga about purrfectly professional massage therapists: fluffy cats who knead your troubles away. Nekoyama, worn out after another long day at the office, stops at a therapeutic massage parlor only to discover that it s run by a cat! Not only that, but the cat actually does the massaging?! As the professional meowsseur digs soft toe beans into Nekoyama's aching muscles, his heart warms and his worries melt away. This is only the beginning, as he and other world-weary workers are about to meet the other feline professionals who have mastered pawfully cute techniques to reduce human stress.
Junji Ito's Cat Diary by Junji Ito
Master of Japanese horror manga Junji Ito presents a series of hissterical tales chronicling his real-life trials and tribulations of becoming a cat owner. Junji Ito, as J-kun, has recently built a new house and has invited his finance, A-ko, to live with him. Little did he know, his blushing bride-to-be has some unexpected company in tow-Yon, a ghastly-looking family cat, and Mu, an adorable Norwegian forest cat. Despite being a dog person, J-kun finds himself purrsuaded by their odd cuteness and thus begins his comedic struggle to gain the affection of his new feline friends.
Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat by Natsumi Hoshino
Plum, as her family calls her, is a tiger striped cat that lives with Miss Nakari, a single mother to her teenaged son, Taku. Plum can understand what people say to her, and she can even tell what's in their minds. She also has many friends among the neighbourhood cats. All is well in her everyday life, until the day a mischievous kitten named Snowball joins Plum's happy household. Will the naughty little newcomer turn Plum's world completely topsy turvy? Or will Snowball make her life even sweeter?
Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large park meadow, where she is rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The little kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada apartment...where pets are strictly not permitted.
Kanata Konami is actually a fairly prolific writer of cat related manga. Chi's Sweet Home is a classic for cat lovers, and her adventures continue! Explore her cat works below.
Chi's Sweet Adventures by Kanata Konami
Chi is back!
Sue & Tai-chan by Kanata Konami
Sue is an aging housecat who's looking forward to living out her twilight years in peace. But suddenly her human surprises her, and their quiet, happy home is invaded by an interloper, a little black kitten Tai-chan! Sue doesn't have time to cat-sit this mischievous little ball fo fluff, but at least he's only visiting for the day. Right...?
FukuFuku Kitten Tales by Kanata Konami
A stray kitten, FukuFuku has been adopted into the home of a widowed grandmother. This is a delightful series of vignettes in the life of a kitten and her doting owner. To a young kitten, even the most mundane things appear fresh and exciting (and sometimes unpleasant or scary). Join FukuFuku on her journey and rediscover the world from a tiny cat's point of view.