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'Nekokan' serves up fish fit for kitties and humans in an effort to battle food waste

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By grape Japan

Even the most dedicated cat lover would probably draw the line at cracking open canned food with a cat on the label for their own personal meal, but a new joint release from Japanese non-profit cat rescue organization Neco Republic and Powder Trading company may just be exception.

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In an effort to curve food loss, particularly fish-related food loss in Japan, the two will be releasing a lineup of canned fish titled "NekoKan". The cans contain perfectly edible fish that would otherwise be unfortunately disposed of (due to issues such as not being the perfect size or being a major fish type) that can be safely and deliciously served to both cats and humans.

The label features the lineup's concept of "no fish, no life!" as well as the slogan mottainya, which combines the Japanese phrase of "don't let it go to waste" with nya ("meow" in Japanese) for an inspiring kitty pun. Isaki (Japanese grunt fish), flying fish, Japanese gurnard, Japanese sea bass, deep-sea smelt, and sea bream. Despite the appearance of the cans, its content is actually intended for humans. However, the fish can also be safely served to cats after removing the salt by soaking it in hot water and draining.

The lineup's website suggests (when serving to humans) mixing up the variety of fish into dishes that include rolled omelets, minced spicy sashimi, Keema curry, acqua pazza, and grilled sardines.

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Nekokan can be purchased at the official kachika online shop, with 3% of the proceeds from the sale of Nekokan donated to the Hogoneko Fund of Neko Republic, a shelter cat café, to support shelter cat activities.

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Reveal the can ‘after’ your spouse enjoys one of the tasty recipes depicted here:

“The lineup's website suggests (when serving to humans) mixing up the variety of fish into dishes that include rolled omelets, minced spicy sashimi, Keema curry, acqua pazza, and grilled sardines.” -

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While appreciating the efforts to make it cute and to help shelter animals, couldn’t they just have left it labeled as primarily “human food yet, healthy for your pets,” too?

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The ‘Hot Girl’ behind you in the checkout line says “Oh! You have a cat, too?!?” And you answer, “No. It’s for me. Interested in dinner, sometime?”

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due to issues such as not being the perfect size

Only in Japan.

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Yes. “Only in Japan” and, Pukey, too!(9:56am)

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Yeah!! We’re good. Today’s obento is “Tsunasaladasando” !

or,... is it?

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Tried to feed this surredtitiously to the spouse for lunch but they suspected something fishy was going on.

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For some reason, we’re hungry right Now. We wonder if this would be good in California Fish Tacos? Or even, with melted cheese on top of some ‘nyanchos’?

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However, the fish can also be safely served to cats after removing the salt by soaking it in hot water and draining.

Can not they just directly make it directly without lot of salt so that cat and human can eat it both out of the can. Human can just add salt on their share if they like it. That will make it pretty convenient for disaster.

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Or you can just buy a pack of fish for 100 yen and serve it raw or boil it up for sharing a meal with your kitty

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