Dropping by a bodega to get some eggs for tomorrow’s benedicts, more often than not, results in meeting its master. First, it’s the piercing eyes in the chips aisle that stare deep into your soul. Then, it’s the meow coming from nowhere. There may also be a furry tail lurking behind the stacked cartons of milk. If you see any of these, it’s a sign you have stumbled upon a bodega cat.

Call it a breed of its own accord, a sub-category of atypically social felines that dwell solely in convenience stores, not too big, not too small. Thanks to the Bodega Cats social media project, which has 462.5K Twitter and 298k Instagram followers, the internet can now sleep well with a seemingly endless collection of cats that totally own their bodegas.

So scroll down for the newest batch of pics featuring felines in the process of... nodding off, shamelessly chilling, or staring at people. We all know very well that it’s they who have total control of the bodegas, and not the bodega owners who have convinced themselves the place is in their hands.

Psst! More adorable cats captured on camera in small shops can be found in our previous posts here and here.

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

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Kitty passed out on a stack of appropriately named beverages.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

This cat disapproves of your purchase.

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"You buying that or what?"

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Rob Hitt is the man behind the widely popular Twitter account Bodega Cats, which currently has 468.9K followers. But it’s more than that. Bodega Cats is now a multi-social media project that also has its own merch collection featuring shirts, tote bags, hoodies, and socks, all engraved with a fan-fave staple—a pure-bred bodega feline.

According to Rob, there’s no such a thing as a universal kind of bodega cat. Just like at home, so in the bodegas, 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 previously.

This time, Bored Panda has reached out to Rob to find out where he’s at with the Bodega Cats project, and it seems like it’s been growing ever since. During the times of pandemic, when most animal welfare organizations are facing a shortage of donations, Rob has decided to give Bodega Cats a philanthropic twist.

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

OPEN FOR PETS!!!

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

If this cute little floof sauntered up to me like that, I'd be a customer for life.

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glassgrassgrossgloss
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5 months ago

Maybe their name is "Sale"

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“We decided to make a shirt for one of our favorite videos of all time and it's been incredibly fun to see the responses and happiness it's been able to bring to the supporters.” Profits from the shirt go to organizations like Flatbush Cats, Greenpoint Cats, Trap King, and Trap Queen. 

Rob explained that Greenpoint Cats “have helped find feral / community cats in the North Brooklyn area to help get them TNR’d (Trap, Neuter, Return) and also help find the 'friendly' cats new homes.” The organization now takes volunteers and is looking for temporary foster adoption applicants, so if you’re interested, check them out right here.

Meanwhile, when it comes to Rob himself, he said that he’s been “inside mostly, trying to stay safe and appreciating the Brooklyn parks for some fresh air.”

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Perfumista Perfumista
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5 months ago

Anyone can pull a bunny out of a magic hat, he pulled a kitty

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Keeping the eggs warm.

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RavenClaw
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5 months ago

Thats some photogenic cat.

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Melanie Gallegos
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5 months ago

What a cuute lil baby face!

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Brandy Gray
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5 months ago

Ew, the human actually touched me.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago (edited)

Any place is good for a modified cobra pose.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

"Did I remember to turn off the lights?"

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Look at that sweet face!

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Marc
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5 months ago

You get 2 for 1 Dollar! That's tempting!

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DDmaybeandor
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5 months ago

The additional protection we all need.

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Mary Peace
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5 months ago

The shop is called Copycat.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

This place has two supurrvisors! One is in training.

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Mary Peace
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5 months ago

White Claw to match my white paws.

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Zoe Hoesley
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5 months ago

Ceiling cat approves

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Brigs
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5 months ago

Just wait your chance please, I will get to you in a minute

Miss Kitty
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5 months ago

No plastic bags, pleeeeeeease.

Zophra
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5 months ago

That bag... Do you REALLY need it?

TexasPK
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5 months ago

Bye. Come back again soon.

Bella Grasso
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5 months ago

Na...keep the change man

Karen Dyer
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5 months ago

got it

Ezigma
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5 months ago

There's no bananas >^·^> in that <^·^} bag!!!

tinker bell
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4 months ago

that floof:3

John Kamau
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5 months ago

Woh.. Woh… Woh… Chill man. One Hooman at a time.

Teresa Spanics
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5 months ago

AWW 😻💖

Elaine Mattingly
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5 months ago

You'll be fine. Not to worry.

Mer☕️🧭☕️
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5 months ago

Love the dangly on the collar

Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago (edited)

Yes, we have no bananas. Oh, wait, we do! Silly baby.

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Marc
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5 months ago

Awake... Schroedinger was right. This cat lives in two states at the same time - awake and asleep. Finally I understand quantum mechanics.

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Zoe Hoesley
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5 months ago

If it fits I sits and if it doesn’t fits I still sits

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RavenClaw
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5 months ago

''My money hooman.. if you got a problem speak to the manager.. oh wait its me"

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

No, honey, that's for dogs.

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Fabrice
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5 months ago

Lots of precious and fragile things in this showcase.

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Marc
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5 months ago

Surveillance camera 2.0!

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Zoe Hoesley
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5 months ago

*Michael Scott’s voice* parkour!!

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Nicolas Pilot
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5 months ago

OMG, he's less than 6 feet away from carona 🤭

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Pan Narrans
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5 months ago

Insert treat here, insert treat here!

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DDmaybeandor
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5 months ago

Aww, what a treat.

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Kate Nelson
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5 months ago (edited)

And the majestic Sphynx says... enter my shop, I dare you!

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Marc
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5 months ago

That's the store version of a cat tree, I guess.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

That's a gorgeous calico!

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Zoe Hoesley
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5 months ago

No Dave I wasn’t drinking your white claw i just have a headache and hate the sun

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

The new ATM technician.

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Marc
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Beautiful Heterochromia.

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Zoe Hoesley
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5 months ago

*blep*

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

"Sorry, the machine's out of service."

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Marc
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5 months ago

In the dictionary, next to the word "chonk", you can find this picture!

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

"I laid these myself. Why don't you believe me?"

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M E
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5 months ago

I'll drink to that

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Marette
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5 months ago

May I help you?

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Zoe Hoesley
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5 months ago

Store floof! 1000/10 would shop there for pets

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E Menendez
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5 months ago

"Must you?"

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

La chatte, La Croix.

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OpalTheRainwing
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5 months ago

ฅ^•ﻌ•^ฅ

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Zayd Long
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5 months ago

Now class do this pose. 🤣

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E Menendez
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5 months ago

Spicy little Cheeto 😍

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Marc
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5 months ago

Question: What does not belong in this picture: a) Pasta, b) Pasta, c) Pasta, d) Giant fluffy noodles

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