They are silly resident cats, they are a symbol of the relaxing environment, and they are going to break the Instagram! They are Bodega cats and, as TheGuardian stated, they’ve decided to take control of local corner stores. If you are still not sure about what we are talking about, scroll down to read the marvelous story about these adorable animals.
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New York’s most beloved animals
It’s a fact that most of the people love cats. How can someone not love those gentle and fluffy creatures? Going through the streets of New York and entering a random “Bodega” store, you will find cats that live among the merchandise. So, it’s better to be prepared for a suddenly jumping and flying cat from the shelves. Workers from Bodegas have also come up with a great idea to collect money for those magnificent animals and buy them food.
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The part of their families
New Yorkers simply adore them and consider them to be a part of their families. So-called “bodegas” have become a New York institution. Anyone who has lived or still lives in this city has her/his own bodega cat that s/he has fallen in love with. They look simply adorable and it seems like every store has a mascot.
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Somewhere where the story starts
Paul MC Donald, who is a co-founder and CEO of Bodega, didn’t know what would be the reaction to the name. He wanted to return people to traditional bodegas and he succeeded. Soon, the cats started to become permanent guests and that’s how they’ve become a part of the community. Those cats consider bodegas for their homes, and this is how they enjoy. It seems it’s the right time for chilling for this cutie.
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Animals are brilliant and charming. They are a collective image of us and plus – they are useful. A common occurrence in a crowded city like NY is a large number of pests like mice and rats. Elegant and adorable cats stand in their way just by their very presence. Although it is forbidden for a bodega store to keep any animal, these cats have given the NYC rebellious spirit. What a totally organic pest control! While some of the people are strongly against the crazy idea of keeping them, the others are simply thrilled. There is even the petition for legalizing bodega cats that has received more than 5,000 signs so far. Look at this cutie wondering: “Hmm, what’s for lunch today? There are so many choices, but tuna sounds great! ”
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These resident cats even have their own Instagram and Tweeter profiles with more than 112k followers. Rob Hitt, a web developer from Brooklyn, has been collating snapshots of them and posting them online. Don’t be afraid of this cat, it only wants some money to buy snacks! We have found who’s skimmed our cards!
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People submit shots taken in their local stores all over the world. Everyone has heard of bodega cats, even people in the Far East. That’s how these bodega cats have become one of the biggest stars of the internet, and people from all over the world have decided to share the pictures of their own “bodega cat”. This buddy definitely has been through an exhausting night shift and now really needs an energy drink to wake up.
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This is how people from China share their stores with these gorgeous and fluffy friends. They are considered as a part of their families.
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If somebody thought that could get into the Bodega with a dog, s/he was badly mistaken. It’s only cats’ territory and it will always be. In Bodegas, only cats can make order! Every dog should be aware of them, like this one in the following picture!
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This picture once again showed that bodegas are only cats’ kingdom! There they can do there anything they want to! They can even play with toys whenever they want!
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The working day has just begun and what’s better than a morning coffee? It seems like this cat really knows how to enjoy it. If you thought that these cats don’t have names, you’re wrong! All bodega cats have names. This cutie is called Neko and she adores sitting on seller’s desk. It’s their common ritual!
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They all have names
As we already said, all bodega cats have names. The following cat is called Socks because of her many toes, as you can notice. It’s caused by a genetic mutation called polydactylism and she is a real crowd pleaser. She likes to cuddle and play with customers and everyone feeds and adores her. Bodega stores will always be the heart on NYC streets. Where can you find something at 3 am except in Bodegas?! Bodega cats give these stores a soul and spirit that you can’t find at any other place.
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All images we found @bodegacatsofinstagram