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On Japan’s Aoshima Island, cats outnumber humans six to one; so get ready to pet like you’ve never pet before.

The old fishing village is currently home to only 22 people, who are all dwarfed by the army of 120 felines who unofficially rule the island. Much like Japan’s famed “Rabbit Island” (yes, that actually exists, too), the story behind this strange place has its roots in World War II.

Aoshima Island was once home to hundreds of people. In fact, the cats were originally brought over to deal with mice that were wreaking havoc on fishermen’s boats. But when the war broke out, Aoshima’s population was greatly diminished, and the only people who remain today are mostly pensioners who didn’t seek work elsewhere after the conflict ended.

The cats, however, stayed. And multiplied. (Hey, they got to do something, right?)

Now it’s known as somewhat of a tourist destination (albeit without any real restaurants, cars or shops), but this kind of attraction definitely isn’t for everyone. Here are the pros and cons of visiting an island run by animals: