You head on over to your local bodega, corner shop, or convenience store to grab a quick snack, and who’s that you notice poking its head around the milk cartons? Why, the local cat that claimed the bodega as its new home, of course!

These fluffy and friendly felines boost the shoppers’ mood, tirelessly work to get rid of nasty pests, and meow at anyone who’s thinking of running out without paying. Could anyone commit a crime while someone with big eyes like Puss in Boots is staring at them? We don’t think so.

The Bodega Cats social media project is all about giving these adorable kittens the attention they deserve. Scroll down to see the newest pics of convenience store cats, upvote your fave ones, read on for Bored Panda's interview with Rob Hitt, founder of Bodega Cats, and check out our previous post about the social media project right here.

More info: BodegaCats.nyc | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

Fancy, but not too fancy...

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Pamela24
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2 months ago

DA BOSS!

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ADHORTATOR
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2 months ago

If cats can follow the rules, why can't humans?

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Currently, there more than 10k bodegas in New York City alone. While bodega cats are a wholesome sight, they’re not really legal to keep inside because they’re around edible products. Fines for keeping a cat in a corner shop can start from 200 dollars but can reach up to 2k dollars for repeat offenders (the bodega owners, not the cats).

The man behind the Bodega Cats project is none other than Rob. He’s amassed over 422k followers on Twitter. He also has 279k fans on Instagram, as well as 16k followers on Facebook.

In Rob's opinion, every cat tends to be quite unique and how it will act in a bodega when people will come in will completely depend on each particular animal. "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."

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Vic
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2 months ago

Pretty neat and nice writing for a cat..

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Yettichild
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2 months ago

Aw! Crinkly air cushioned bed!

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Vic
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2 months ago

Are you sure alcohol is the answer?

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Rob revealed that because of the quarantine and working from home, he's been staying inside more: "So like all of us I’m stuck inside missing the cats along side many of us."

Rob has put the fame of his account to good use.H e said that the Bodega Cats account is always growing and that within the last year he's partnered up with a number of organizations that help raise awareness around controling the cat population humanely through adoption, TNR (trap, neuter, return), rescue, and helping with vet bills for recues. "In some cases like with Greenpoint Cats, they’ll work with bodega owners to help get their cats fixed (spayed and neutered)."

Rob told Bored Panda that he uses social media and donations from the webstore sales to support other organizations like Greenpoint Cats, including Flatbush Cats and The Original TrapKing. "Check out and support these wonderful organizations," he said.

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ImaDerp
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2 months ago

“Hm? Oh, hey there hooman!”

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Clean up on aisle 12

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Jayne Kyra
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2 months ago

When cats obey social distancing, yet humans attend parties in crowded places.

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Rob came up with the idea for the Bodega Cats project back in 2012 after he was out late one night in New York, stumbled into a corner shop, saw a cat, and made an Instagram post about it.

“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,” Rob told Bored Panda earlier.

“Now, I’d say we get about 75-100 submissions a week. I really don’t think too much about picking the photos other than if they invoke some sort of emotion in me. It never hurts to select a kitten, a cat on top of a bag potato chips, or one protecting a nice warm ATM machine."

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ImaDerp
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2 months ago

Fray Cattos!

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Vic
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2 months ago

Mine.. MIne.. MINE!!

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Yettichild
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2 months ago

Boop!

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Rob believes that the photos posted on the Bodega Cats social media accounts evoke positive emotions and are popular because people love stumbling upon something familiar in an unfamiliar way.

"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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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

You there! Hoomin! I require your thumbs for assistance!

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Vic
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2 months ago

Cheetos now presents Catos..

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Lexibeast
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2 months ago

Momma hen!

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Vic
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2 months ago

This is ma happy face..

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Yettichild
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2 months ago

Life would be so much better if this was the Corona we were facing.

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Pauline Bennett
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2 months ago

I am in uniform to serve you better. Now may I help you?

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postboredom
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2 months ago

I can't handle this cuteness.

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Vic
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2 months ago

Would you like a cookie in exchange for your soul?

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Eagle Girl
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2 months ago

The smaller the box, the better the snuggle. My cat just squeezed herself into a wine box.

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

That's cheap. 7.47 for 7.55 Kg of Cat.

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Jayne Kyra
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2 months ago (edited)

Does the sign day "Please, do not pet the cats. Thanks"? EDIT: Thank you, Beverly, for the correct translation!

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David Martin
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2 months ago

A yawn, a sneeze, or utter displeasure; The world may never know

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Vic
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2 months ago

I thought it was a copy machine, and I was like, cool! A copy cat..

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Pauline Bennett
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2 months ago

Pick me up before you go-go.

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

Looks just like my old man cat Baz. We rescued him and his sister (Lucy passed a few years ago) from a barn when they were 9 weeks old. Bazzy turned 18 this year, and the vet said he’s healthy enough to live past 20.

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Johanne Hodkinson
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2 months ago

does she do the downward cat?

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Aski Markup
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2 months ago (edited)

That's me if I was a cat.

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Catlady6000
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the chonk with the dirty tummy from earlier. He's a popular one, 3 or 4 photos

Eagle Girl
Community Member
2 months ago

Probably doesn't move much during the day. easy to photo lol

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Michelle C
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2 months ago

Come get me right MEOW!!!!

Diane Patrick
Community Member
2 months ago

Too fat. Not healthy.

Annette Rainbow
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2 months ago

This cat needs to fed less. It is cruel he/she looks uncomfortable.

Cybele Spanjaard
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2 months ago

I am back times three, pleading to ask my humans to feed me better please.

Maria R
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2 months ago

Obese

Pauline Bennett
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2 months ago

One push up and that's enough!

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Note: this post originally had 142 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.