Every now and then, you gotta pass by a bodega to get bread, toilet paper, or a late-night bag of candy. Since most people hop in and out without caring too much, they are at risk of missing out on that one little purrfect reason that makes any bodega journey worthwhile. Yes, even when you are blurry-eyed on the early morning run for milk to brighten up your coffee (And yourself!).

That reason is a bodega cat, better known as the furry master of the shop, who meets and greets unsuspecting shoppers from far up the cookie aisle or an unidentified box in the corner. Sometimes, they hide in plain sight right next to the doors, but almost every time, they manage to blend in with the surroundings.

The Bodega Cats social media project is dedicated to this unique corner store feline breed (okay, it’s not quite a breed but we like to think of it that way) and it collects all the furry sightings spotted in bodegas around NYC, but also other places in the US and the rest of the world. With a whopping 1M followers on Twitter and 421k people following the project on Instagram, it has gained an almost cult following and how could it not!

Scroll down for the newest batch of bodega cats and be sure to check Bored Panda’s previous features here, here and here.

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

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

Fresh Catnap. There - I fixed it.

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GlassHalfWay
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2 months ago

Suns out, buns out.

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Kevin Garren
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2 months ago

Purritos.

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A revealing sign that a meowzer is hiding in plain sight is in its name. Most cats are notorious for their purrfect vocals, and if you’re a cat owner, you need no reminding of that. So if you ever step foot in a bodega and hear a little “meow” coming from one of the million corners in there, you can be sure it’s directed at you. Because, according to Trudi Atkinson, clinical animal behaviorist and book author, the meows are directed at humans and are not coincidental.

We spoke to Atkinson to find out more about the complex mechanism of why and how cats meow, and we found out some very interesting things. First, “a meow is a vocalization that appears to be used primarily in human-directed communication and far less in communications between cats (although they do use lots of other vocalizations such as friendly chirrups and not so friendly growls when communicating with each other),” Atkinson explained.

She added that “the meow is therefore thought to be a product of domestication and socialization with people.”

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AmmoniteCat
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2 months ago

Smoosh

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Babsevs
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2 months ago

When the void stares back.....

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GlassHalfWay
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2 months ago

Psshhh my scale says the same...

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Moreover, Atkinson explained that “when directed towards people, it is most often used as a greeting or as a form of attention and food soliciting, but it can also have other meanings, for example as an indication that the cat is not feeling well.”

“But a ‘meow’ is not a single distinct vocalization. The sounds made and the ‘meaning’ of each sound will be different for each cat, and it will also vary depending on the context and the ‘message’ that the cat is intending to convey,” she said. Incredibly, “it is thought that cats actually learn what sounds are most effective in getting what it wants, or the reaction it wants from its human caregivers,” Atkinson added.

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Esha
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2 months ago

Mom told me I had to finish my vegetables *sigh*

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Esha
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2 months ago

"Your nails will have a quarter the beauty of me"

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

Product testing.

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Dog owners may find this interesting: Atkinson claims that this is very different from canine vocalizations. “Research carried out in 2005 found that most people can identify the meaning or intention of a dog’s bark ( i.e. a warning bark, a fear bark or a play bark, etc) even when they don’t know the dog and even when they can’t even see the dog.”

Meanwhile, “other research has found that this is not the case with a cat’s meow. The cat’s owner may be able to interpret their own cat’s meows, but other people will be far less able to. The same owners will also be far less able to interpret the meows of other cats.”

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

He stepped outside the social distancing circle. What did he expect would happen?

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

"Instructions: to place call, pet cat and lift receiver."

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Babsevs
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2 months ago

Urban lion......

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

Cat planters so you can grow your own cats

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So to put it simply, most commonly, cats meow to communicate a greeting or to solicit food or attention from their human caregivers. However, it’s not entirely clear from whether a cat is meowing/yelling too much or too loud, that it may indicate something is wrong. “It can depend a lot on the individual cat and the cat/human relationship,” Atkinson said.

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Esha
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2 months ago

"Harvested these all myself.."

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Babsevs
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2 months ago

Handsome pirate cat 🐈❤️

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Babsevs
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2 months ago

Tom and Jerry irl lol

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Spittnimage
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2 months ago

Working hard or hardly working?

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If you’re wondering if some cats are better ‘singers’ than others, Atkinson said that some cats are definitely more vocal than others. “Some breeds can be far more vocal than others, especially Siamese, Burmese and some of the other Oriental cats. But there can also be a lot of individual variation.” And yes, each cat has its own meowing voice, so we may as well sign up our furballs for the Cat XFactor!

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Illustrious G
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2 months ago

Squeee!!!! So little!!!

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

....just a few more inches...

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AmmoniteCat
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2 months ago

I'd like a bottle of cato-cola, please.

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Kevin Garren
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2 months ago

This is the boss who has worked there for 20 years and is done with your excuses, in cat form.

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OGA
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2 months ago (edited)

The security team in the cat walk.

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

Aww! So cute.

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 months ago

Now that is some comfort!

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I’m here for the comments
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2 months ago

Zero f...s given.

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T J R
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2 months ago

Ohh nice...a built in privacy screen.

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

Like it says on the bottle...can we?

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Babsevs
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2 months ago

Can I talk to you about our lord and saviour.....

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

True love.

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Zophra
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2 months ago

Cat-u-lator

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

This cat was sent by Heaven.

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Joshua Norton
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2 months ago

The sign says "Don't touch the cat and don't sit on his chair" xD

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2 months ago

I belong to you now.

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Theo Lee
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2 months ago

Corona cat hungover

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SexualHarassmentPanda
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2 months ago

Utz Utz Utz Utz

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 months ago

Looks like a cat I had as a child. Her name was Fishbone. I also rescued a void from a gas station as a teenager. Her name was Aqualung. 1971. Need I say more?

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 months ago

Duck, duck, cat.

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Babsevs
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2 months ago

What a beautiful cat 🐈❤️❤️

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

Fat Cat Yoga, aisle 4.

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago

Cup O'Cuddles.

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 months ago

Trip hazard.

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 months ago

Stay away from my beer!

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

I had no clue my cat is moonlighting 20220624_1...cc816d.jpg 20220624_123051-62c8f28cc816d.jpg

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I’m here for the comments
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2 months ago

Bread, milk, eggs and cat.

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

Wanna use the garbage can, do ya? Circle back and buy something, buddy - then we'll talk.

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2 months ago

Staying close to the goldfish.

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 months ago

New sales kitty for Tidy Cat. Wants to demonstrate how it is to be used.

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2 months ago

Can relate. Love bread.

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
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2 months ago

Lulling you into scritching his belly and then he'll pounce

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 months ago

Good morning sunshine, the earth says hello

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