Visiting a bodega to acquire some eggs for tomorrow’s benedicts almost always results in meeting the store’s owner. The penetrating eyes in the chips aisle are the first to stare deep into your soul. Then there’s the meow from nowhere. Behind the stacked boxes of milk, there could be a fuzzy tail. If you encounter any of these, you’ve probably come across a bodega cat.
It’s a sub-category of atypically social felines that only live in convenience stores, and it’s neither too big nor too little. The internet can now rest easy with a seemingly unending collection of cats who completely own their bodegas according to the Bodega Cats social media project, which has 674K Twitter and 351k Instagram followers.
So scroll down to see the most recent round of photos showing felines dozing out, brazenly chilling, or glaring at people. We all know that they have complete authority over the bodegas, not the bodega owners who have deluded themselves that they own the property.
Psst! Check out our previous post for more lovely kitties snapped on camera in small shops.
Rob Hitt is the creator of the popular Twitter account Bodega Cats, which has over 674K followers. But there's more to it than that. Bodega Cats is now a multi-social media initiative with its own merchandise line, which includes t-shirts, tote bags, sweatshirts, and socks all emblazoned with a fan favourite—a pure-bred bodega feline.
There is no such thing as a global bodega cat, according to Rob. Every feline in the bodegas is unique, just like at home. “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," according to the inventor.
This time, we reached out to Rob to check where he stands with the Bodega Cats project, and it appears that it's only become bigger since then. Rob has decided to offer Bodega Cats a philanthropic spin during the pandemic, when most animal welfare organizations are experiencing a shortage of donations.
“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.”