A bodega cat is a feline that inhabits, you guessed it, a bodega. It's what New Yorkers call their convenience stores or delis.

And these furballs aren't just judging the buyers and their purchasing choices. No, no, they also provide comfort to workers after they endure clients from hell and can even carry out pest control missions, managing or preventing rodent infestations.

Bodega Cats is a social media project dedicated entirely to celebrating these hard-working kitties. The premise is simple: people spot a bodega cat in its natural habitat, they snap a photo of it and submit it to the people running the show. They select the best ones and share them with their followers. The result, on the other hand, is glorious: a refined collection of adorable cat pics.

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

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Bonnie Osborne
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6 months ago

You're late. Dont let it happen again.

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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. "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."

"Now, I’d say we get about 75-100 submissions a week," Hitt said. "I really don’t think too much about picking the photos other than if they invoke some sort 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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Biljana Malesevic
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6 months ago

Such a happy relaxed little face in contrast to that headline.

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Interestingly, bodega cats are technically illegal. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene considers them a "general deficiency", raising concerns about the risk they pose for food contamination. Fines range from $300 for the first offense to $2,000 and higher for subsequent offenses.

“Any animal around food presents a food contamination threat,” Robert M. Corrigan, a rodentologist and research scientist for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene told The New York Times. “And so that means anything from animal pieces and parts to hair and excrement could end up in food, and that alone, of course, is a violation of the health code.”

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Bonnie Osborne
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6 months ago

Starting tomorrow new diet of fruits and veggies. I promise

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However, many shop owners keep cats in spite of the law because they are seen as preferable to rodent infestations, which also carry a fine.

“In the morning she is lazy, it is her nap time,” Urszula Jawor, 49, a deli manager and a Polish immigrant described her feline employee. “But in the afternoon she is busy. She spends hours stalking the mice and the rats.”

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varwenea
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6 months ago

Ya gonna believe the sign, or ya gonna believe my face. Enter at your own risk.

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Mr. Corrigan agreed that some studies have shown that even the smell of cats in an enclosed area can keep mice away. But he nonetheless believes this isn't an acceptable form of pest control because the bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and nematodes carried by rats may infect humans by secondary transfer through a cat.

Andre Duran, one of the owners of a corner store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, said he had kept a cat for about six years and had never been fined. “That’s Oreo,” he said, lifting a tiny black cat with white paws. “No one’s ever complained about cat hair in their sandwiches, and if she weren’t here, you bet there’d be bigger problems than hair.”

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FloC
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6 months ago

Nice, so I could buy a sweater with cat hairs of a different color than my usual black and white.

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Rob Hitt thinks one of the reasons why people like Bodega Cats 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."

For instance, Bodega Cats work with the organization Flatbush Cats who are a 501(c)(3), focused on reducing the outdoor cat population in Brooklyn. They support the community with TNR (trap, neuter, return), rescue work, adoption, and free or low cost cat spay/neuter for low income residents.

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varwenea
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6 months ago

"Liver, please."

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varwenea
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6 months ago

Protecting his personal stash of litter and food. Back off.

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Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
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6 months ago

Loafing

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Alan Green
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6 months ago

"Wok you lookin' at?"

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Gëë Bëë
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6 months ago

Errrrmm......Can i see your ID please??

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Wottermehlon Doge
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6 months ago

I shall smite anyone that tries to take an item from this shelf with my mighty paw

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ƒιѕн
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6 months ago

A cat in a box, how very normal.

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Katherine Boag
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6 months ago

BOOP

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Maul!
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6 months ago

i love this way of saying 'thank you' :D

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varwenea
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6 months ago

Cashier in training

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Bonnie Osborne
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6 months ago

I think the cat could'a taken him..

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TheReader19
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6 months ago

I said two bottles only

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Jaxson Evans
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6 months ago

he's a camel/cat hybrid!

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Bonnie Osborne
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6 months ago

Definitely a portal..

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Mark
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6 months ago

How do you want your eggs? Er, without hair please :)

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CR Harvey
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6 months ago

Newbie.

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Miss D
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6 months ago

These roses have claws

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Kate
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6 months ago

"You going to get what you came for or are you just gonna stand there staring?"

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Maul!
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6 months ago

poised!

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Mark
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6 months ago

No need to guard the TP anymore ;)

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Bonnie Osborne
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6 months ago

Speed Bump Ahead!!

Hamlets twin
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6 months ago

Speed chonk

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Peter Kelly
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6 months ago

The insurance company accepted the cat had eaten at least half of the inventory...

Karen Klinck
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6 months ago

Well, from the looks of it, she's eating for about seven.

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CR Harvey
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6 months ago

More mousing, less beer.

Karen Lees
Community Member
6 months ago

Chonky Cat sighting

Karen Dyer
Community Member
6 months ago

Sorry you cannot pass GO, maybe next time mate.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh my, Blimpy looks just like the kitty we inherited from a neighbor when they moved. There was no putting him on a diet either, much as we tried.

Grace Note
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6 months ago

Hitler's put on weight.

mr toto
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6 months ago

shouldn't have drank that 3rd beer

Linda Roy
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6 months ago

That's one tubby tabby!

Gwen Bunker
Community Member
6 months ago

No id? Then no drinks

Bored Silly
Community Member
6 months ago

Too many late night beers.....

Eric Forster
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6 months ago

So, I like to drink, what's it to you?

Patrick Shore
Community Member
6 months ago

he ate his family

ENEDELIA Soto
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6 months ago

beeeeer

Gina
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6 months ago

That's a pregnant cat I hope

Spikey Bunny
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6 months ago

I hope so too!

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Baked Panda
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6 months ago

Fat cat

Thomas Ewing
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6 months ago

The cat's name is Goodyear...

Susan L. Miller
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6 months ago

CHONK!

Gitta Landgraf
Community Member
6 months ago

Ok. I'm not t h a t drunk I seem to be...

Donald Holder
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6 months ago

Time to lay off the Suds man and go on a diet. That's one huge beer belly!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
6 months ago

Pretty

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
6 months ago

I think I've had one too many beers... time to start chasing mice again...

Sharon Vaughn
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6 months ago

Time to take him off that beer. Look at the gut.

Margareta Hagman
Community Member
6 months ago

bad pr

Nul Nemo
Community Member
6 months ago

A few bottles' worth may have evaporated, hic... Faulty caps on them, mew thinks... ^@:@^ That's mewy opinion and I sti-hic! to it..

Slune
Community Member
6 months ago

Something feels disproportionate

Dina Voormey
Community Member
6 months ago

that is animal abuse!

Rã. R. Field
Community Member
6 months ago

*Some might think this is funny~ when there is Nothing funny about it! Shame on the those who have failed to get proper help for this poor cat, that would most likely be in much pain!

Karen Klinck
Community Member
6 months ago

That cat is heavily pregnant, sir.

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Paul Davies
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6 months ago

This pussy cat has obviously eaten more than his fair share of the mice on the premises from the look of it!

Kali Tutankhamun
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6 months ago

Is it me or that cat looks like Hitler?

Pamela E Brueckner
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6 months ago

Phew this IS the best beer and. Low on calorie s

Sharon Nicoll
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6 months ago

The ID checker!

Elizabeth Evans
Community Member
6 months ago

Diet time

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
6 months ago

Hre's hoping this poor wee cat is just pregnant ??

Belinda Crum
Community Member
6 months ago

Now that is one fat cat. I have a fat cat, but this cat is just, wow!

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
6 months ago

"Missing cat treats? No, I haven't seen them..."

KT Trondsen
Community Member
6 months ago

wow now that is one chonky boi

John Bell
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6 months ago

Holy frak can he walk?

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

If you can step over the cat you can buy some beer.

Plushipoof
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6 months ago

I thought that was a carpet

Kathy Baylis
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6 months ago

Well Kitty, that’s what you get for taste-testing the stock. All the stock.

Autumn Quigley
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6 months ago

its freakin fat i must have it

CatDogWoman
Community Member
6 months ago

That fat cat couldn't catch his shadow! I have a cat like that!

-AestheticDevil-
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6 months ago

I think kitty got drunk.

Kevin Wilcoxon
Community Member
6 months ago

Are bodega cats always fat?

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

Too many treats. Not enough space to run about.

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Ima Shintawatie
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5 months ago

beer belly

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
6 months ago

Too sad, kill with kindness !!!

Maria Rohlen
Community Member
6 months ago

Terrible obesed cat!

jevais
Community Member
6 months ago

Poor cat, he is mortally fat! This is so dangerous for his health. The owners don't know anything about diets for cats. This is criminal.

Katrina Anastacia
Community Member
6 months ago

I NEED a cat like this!!

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
6 months ago

This one doesn't look underfeed.

Heather A
Community Member
6 months ago

Someone tell the human to stop feeding this cat!!!!!

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
6 months ago

No, this is actually a really sad pucture... 😢

Aleah Dowell
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6 months ago

(manger) we now do each time you buy a six pack of beer you have take a fat azz cat (=

SF Angel
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6 months ago

Chonky boy

Riolu Claw
Community Member
6 months ago

da kitty looks like hiltler

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

That's a black nose.

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Stefanie Voigt
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6 months ago

Fat Hitler

Mark
Community Member
6 months ago

Thats "Citler' ;)

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Pretty Pangolin
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6 months ago

Kitty needs a girdle and a healthy diet.

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Mark
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6 months ago

Proof of a link between felines and Corona ;)

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Mark
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6 months ago

Is the cat there to distract from the walls!

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CR Harvey
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6 months ago

Wait your turn!

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varwenea
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6 months ago

Let's see your ID first.

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