Inu hariko was placed in noble women's maternity room as guardian for mother and child. Later bamboo basket and "Den den daiko" or drum were added as charm, happiness and children's health.(bamboo basket is for "washing down illness and evilness"."Den den daiko" is for baby-sitting.) Inu hariko is omen for family bond as kanji for bamboo(竹） on the head of kanji for dog(犬） forms a kanji for smile(笑） For me this look like cat.
An octopus holding a cat, traditional toy, Yonezawa, Yamagata, Tohoku, Japan@【みやげもん】 山形・米沢に伝わる郷土玩具・さがら焼の『猫に蛸』 蛸が巻き付く不思議な猫の人形、これは蛸＝多幸＋猫＝招き猫という縁起物を掛け合わせた意。江戸時代に産み出された素朴な人形達。見る度にほっこりしてしまうゆるい表情が最高♬ pic.twitter.com/yEyj4VFLkq