Many people have this misconception that cats are lazy. They sleep most of the time, my friend once told me, and on the rare occasion they're awake, they just meow for food. Yes, cats sleep about 15 hours a day, and yes, they like a nice snack but that doesn't mean they're spongers.

New York City is the mecca of today's working cat. Just walk inside a bodega and chances are you'll see Mr. Whiskers or Ms. Tabby purring around the place—business owners "hire" them for pest control; to manage or prevent rodent infestations.

To pay respect to these diligent felines, Rob Hitt started an online project, called Bodega Cats, where he posts the sweetest and funniest pictures people send him of the kitties they see in convenience stores.

Continue scrolling to check them out and when you're done, fire up Bored Panda's earlier articles on Bodega cats here, here, and here. I know you'll want to!

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Susan Green
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5 months ago (edited)

Hi beautiful! Of course you own the place. You’re a cat!

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Susan Green
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Well yes, hello there cutie!

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"Since I moved to NYC, I’ve been familiar with cats in our local corner stores (bodegas) but it wasn’t until 2012 when I was out late one evening and stumbled my way into a bodega seeing a cat and making a late-night post to my Instagram feed that I came up with the idea for the project," Rob Hitt, the man behind Bodega Cats, told Bored Panda in an earlier interview.

"My friends enjoyed the photos of the cats I posted more than the photos of me! At that point, I decided to start the Bodega Cats accounts in hopes of giving people a moment of positivity and smile throughout their day."

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Vorknkx
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5 months ago

"I am not overweight!!!!!!!"

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Janine B.
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5 months ago

They look so happy. :)))

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Rob thinks there is no such a thing as a universal kind of bodega cat. Just like at home, every feline is different. "Cats will just be cats in terms of Bodega Cats vs. House Cats. They all have their own personalities. Feral cats, on the other hand, aren’t conditioned to seek out human interaction, so they act more secluded," the creator told us.

In 2020, when the pandemic took over the world and most animal welfare organizations were facing a shortage of donations, Bodega Cats decided to make a shirt for one of their favorite videos of all time and send the profits from the shirt to organizations like Flatbush Cats, Greenpoint Cats, Trap King, and Trap Queen.

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ADHORTATOR
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5 months ago

and under Cat surveillance as well!

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Raven Sheridan
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5 months ago

Social distancing apparently doesn't apply to cats.

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Rob believes one of the reasons why people like his project so much is because they love stumbling upon something familiar in a totally unfamiliar way.

"It evokes a positive emotion," he said. "If you have a cat and then see one out, it brings back that warm feeling of home. I also feel people are excited because they know to date we've been able to utilize the money from the sales in our webstore towards helping organizations that help the feral, community, or bodega cat population. We’ve also been able to find other effective ways of helping by donating social posts (tweets, stories, feed posts, etc) which can help raise awareness for positive organizations."

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vesna antonic
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5 months ago

Where it fits,it sits, sorry - sleeps

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Hannah Edwards
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5 months ago

Upvoted for those little feet balancing on spuds.

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Janine B.
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5 months ago

Awwww... 🥰🤗

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Premislaus de Colo
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5 months ago

I love how "no pets" sticker shows a dog :D

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DogMom
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5 months ago

Aww friendly little greeter

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Helenium
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5 months ago

all hail

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

This would really bring many customers in.

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Rozanne Blignaut
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5 months ago

It's important to keep the mittens warm!

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Helenium
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5 months ago

awwwwww good shop owner

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
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5 months ago

That's a beautiful cat

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Hannah Edwards
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5 months ago

Rodent control operative hard at work.

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Mary Peace
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5 months ago

The man must have very large hands!

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Falcon
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5 months ago

A pumpkin between the watermelons

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ADHORTATOR
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5 months ago

Sorry, no pets allowed, sir!

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Julia Atkinson
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5 months ago

"Just to be clear, you do intend to spend this cash on premium cat food and jingle toys?"

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Janine B.
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5 months ago

*sings* "I'll be riding shotgun underneath the hot sun, feeling like a someone."

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Sven Devestele
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5 months ago

He lurks behind the shelves ready to go in for the kill

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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5 months ago

"Hey, Hey, Yeah you, Eat my trweats."

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Breanna Karrick
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5 months ago

When you're too short to reach the counter. (I know how that cat feels!)

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Jackie
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5 months ago

Mood

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

Boop!

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Janine B.
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5 months ago

Copycat.

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Hannah Edwards
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5 months ago

What a majestic mother fluffer!

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

Iz take care of produce.

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No one
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3 months ago

Break dance kitty

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tw 72
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5 months ago

Kitty's name is Customer!

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

Sweepy baby!

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Leilani Ortiz
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5 months ago

the ramen cat is back >:)

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Julia Atkinson
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5 months ago

Share size, you say? *cat is immediately surrounded by petters and boopers*

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Chris Miller
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5 months ago

"Welcome back, you are my favorite customer."

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

I’m so bored working here.

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

Oh you little cutiekins! You can squish as much bread as you want!

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Amy Dodds
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5 months ago

Just a nibble

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

Can I help you?

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Janine B.
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5 months ago

The void is everywhere.

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Julia Atkinson
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5 months ago

Fairly sure child labour is illegal

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

I luvs deez chips!

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Derek Liu
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5 months ago

Stretchhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Teresa Spanics
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4 months ago

AWW 😻💖

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ArhomR
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5 months ago

They aren’t picky, just anywhere will do, Zzzz.

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Julia Atkinson
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5 months ago

"It's cute, but do you have one with chicken?"

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Judy Steelman
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5 months ago

Cat is NOT happy as duck!

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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5 months ago (edited)

"Fiiiiiiinnnnnnnneeeeee, you can have my spices." ten seconds later: "Are you finished yet????"

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

Meow Mix?

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