For meat eaten by cats, see cat 101 things to do with a dead cat pdf. Cats at a cat meat restaurant in China in October 2017. The cat is made into a hotpot and sold as “Dragon, Tiger and Phoenix Hotpot”.
Cat meat is meat prepared from domestic cats for human consumption. Some countries eat cat meat regularly, whereas others have only consumed cat meat in desperation during wartime or poverty. Prehistoric human feces have contained bones from the wild cat of Africa.
In some cultures of Cameroon, there is a special ceremony featuring cat-eating that is thought to bring good luck. In Guangdong and Guangxi provinces in south-eastern China, some—especially older—people consider cat flesh a good warming food during winter months. However, in northern China eating cat is considered unacceptable. Organized cat-collectors supply the southern restaurants with animals that often originate in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces.
On 26 January 2010 China launched its first draft proposal to protect the country’s animals from maltreatment including a measure to jail people, for periods up to 15 days, for eating cat or dog meat. With the increase of cats as pets in China, opposition towards the traditional use of cats for food has grown.
In June 2006, approximately 40 activists stormed the Fangji Cat Meatball Restaurant in Shenzhen, forcing it to shut down. Expanded to more than 40 member societies, the Chinese Animal Protection Network in January 2006 began organizing well-publicized protests against dog and cat consumption, starting in Guangzhou, following up in more than ten other cities “with very optimal response from public. Cat meat is eaten in some parts of tribal India, even though it is technically illegal.
In Japan, cat meat was consumed until the end of Tokugawa period in the 19th century. In Korea, cat meat was historically brewed into a tonic as a folk remedy for neuralgia and arthritis. Modern consumption is more likely to be as cat soup.
Cat meat is eaten in Vietnam, even though it is technically illegal. It is generally seen on menus with the euphemism “tiểu hổ”, literally “baby tiger” rather than the literal “thịt mèo”. Cat galls have aphrodisiacal properties according to people in North Vietnam. In Switzerland the private consumption and slaughter of dog and cat meat is permitted though its commercial trade is prohibited by law.