An odd, yet cute friendship between an owl and a kitten has customers at a coffee shop in Osaka cooing and Japan's internet users buzzing.

The Hukulou Coffee shop – named after the Japanese word "owl" – houses the pair of animals. Fuku-chan, a five-year-old owl, has struck up a friendship with Marimo, a two-month old Scottish Fold kitten.

Marimo and Fuku-chan got off to a fantastic start after the coffee shop owners brought home the kitten as a playmate, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Hukulou Coffee owner Ritsuko Nagahara said that the pair were put together because they looked alike, but now they're inseparable.

Pictures of them sleeping together or seemingly kissing dominate the twitter search feed for the Japanese word for owl and have been taken up by multiple bloggers and online news sites.

While the pair have a loving relationship, they can't resist a good play-fight every once in a while either.