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Japan loves its pets, and while the size of Japanese homes means the family cat or dog might not have as much space as it would in the U.S., doting owners here are perfectly happy to provide creature comforts for their creatures. Having less space in the house can make putting in a full-size scratching post for your kitty kid of tricky, though, especially if you’d like to occasionally move it out of the way for some extra floor space.

Thankfully, what these compact alternatives give up in size they make up for in cuteness, with a ring-shaped design decorated like the label of one of Japan’s most popular brands of cat food.

Of course, cats don’t just enjoy filing their claws. They’re also attracted to circular spaces, as we’ve seen before they’re keen to position themselves at the center of any such enclosures or marking they come across.

So when Twitter user Sayuyasu’s family set out this new scratching station in their living room, it was a big hit with their pet kitty.

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The item’s appearance is exactly the same as that of pet supply company Aixia’s Kurokan series of cat food, specifically its tuna and bonito mix.

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Sayuyasu’s house is home to at least three pets, though, which means the new piece of pet equipment was suddenly a feline hot spot. Given cats’ self-oriented nature, it’s not surprising that the latecomers were in for a wait.

▼ At least the line is civil enough that it doesn’t need a bouncer.

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Of course, if you’d like to give you own pet a pass to the front of the line, you can order the very same scratching station right here from Amazon Japan for 2,129 yen (US $18).

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On the other hand, if you’re a semantics stickler who’s bothered by the fact that the “can” says fish but contains cats, there’s also this scratching station that accurately states its contents as “canned cat-style.” It’s also available from Amazon Japan here, albeit at the slightly higher price of 2,980 yen.

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▼ Here’s a video of it in use, and no, the cat doesn’t do anything except look adorable.

They’re both cute designs, and we can imagine pet owners having a hard time picking between the two. If you’re in a quandary, though, and you also happen to have more than one kitty, we’d recommend just going ahead and ordering both. As the picture shared by Sayuyasu shows, cats aren’t always the best at sharing.

Source: Jin
Top image: Twitter
Insert images: Sakura, Twitter, Amazon Japan (1, 2)