Today I’m celebrating our first Caturday here at The Spoodoir by sharing a post from one of my favorite Instagram accounts, Bodega Cats. It’s a frequently updated, seemingly endless supply of photos and videos of cats sitting, lounging, sleeping, sprawling, hiding, playing, and in all other ways hanging about anywhere inside or directly in front of shops, markets, newsstands, and other small businesses as though they own the place.
Which, as far as the cats are concerned, they probably do.
One of their most recent posts is exceptionally worthy of Caturday sharing. This video of a cat who decided the best place for them to sit is directly in front of the top of an escalator. They’re completely unperturbed by the endless stream of people reaching the top and nearly tripping over them:
If you enjoy Bodega Cats, I recommend checking out Shop Cats of New York, a beautiful hardcover book that’s a NYC-specific Bodega Cats with beautiful photographs by Andrew Marttila and feline profiles written by Tamar Arslanian.
They inhabit New York City’s most legendary and coziest spots—the Algonquin Hotel, a whiskey distillery, Bleecker Street Records, and a host of yoga studios, bookstores, and bike shops in between. True New Yorkers—masters of people watching—they perch on wine crates, piles of books, and a classic hotel countertop, taking in the activity around them. Depending on their mood, these cats will ignore enthusiastic admirers, offer a few delightful purrs, or occasionally even take a swipe. Some even find a mouse or two to chase.
Shop Cats of New York introduces forty of New York’s favorite felines—all who have an extraordinary story to tell. Popular cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila capture these deeply loved and well cared for animals in their city habitat and reveal how they came to reign over their urban kingdoms.