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  • The Facisniating History of Black Cats
    April 4, 2024 at 4:00 AM

    Black cats have always held a captivating place in the lore and heart of human societies. Across different cultures and eras, these enigmatic felines have traversed a path from being divine symbols to becoming iconic figures of Halloween. This exploration into the "Mysterious History of Black Cats" unveils their transformation and enduring significance, shedding light on how these creatures have been both adored and feared throughout history.

  • Abolishing Fines for Bodega Cats: Recognizing Their Important Role in New York City
    March 26, 2024 at 4:00 AM

    New York City's bodega cats have been an integral part of the city's culture for decades, serving as both beloved companions and effective pest control for the small, independently-owned convenience stores known as bodegas. Despite their importance, bodega owners face steep fines for having these feline residents in their shops, as they are not officially recognized as service animals.

  • A Call to Action: Supporting and Caring for NYC's Beloved Bodega Cats
    March 25, 2024 at 4:00 AM

    Bodega cats often find themselves in a legal gray area. Public health departments typically prohibit live animals in establishments where consumable goods are sold, citing food codes and health concerns. While these regulations are well-intentioned, they fail to recognize the unique role that bodega cats play in our city's fabric.

  • New York's Most Famous Cats: An Updated List
    March 12, 2024 at 4:00 AM

    In the heart of the urban jungle of New York City, where skyscrapers touch the sky and the streets buzz with unending energy, a different kind of celebrity walks among us. These stars are furry, four-legged, and have a penchant for purring – they are New York City's most iconic cats.

  • Transforming Staten Island: The Community’s Crusade For Cat Welfare
    March 8, 2024 at 5:00 AM

    In the heart of Staten Island, a movement is reshaping the landscape of community animal care, spearheaded by passionate advocates like Daniel Mule. This journey towards a more humane coexistence with our feline neighbors is deeply rooted in the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), a compassionate strategy gaining momentum across New York City.

  • Bodega Cats of New York: The Maneki Neko Collection Unveiled In Latest Merch Release
    February 10, 2024 at 5:00 AM

    New York's vibrant culture has always been a melting pot of global influences, and the latest trend to hit the city's streets is no exception. Blending the traditional Japanese charm with urban chic, our newest merchandise drop introduces the Maneki Neko, or the 'beckoning cat,' to New York's fashion scene. This line is not just a nod to the iconic symbol of luck and prosperity; it's a celebration of cross-cultural charm wrapped in cozy crewnecks, alluring art prints, and trendsetting t-shirts.

  • Caring for Our Furry Friends: Raising the Bar for Bodega Cat Care
    December 8, 2023 at 5:00 AM

    Discover the essential guide to elevating the care of bodega cats. This article delves into the importance of proper care, health tips, and community involvement to ensure these beloved feline companions thrive in their unique urban environment.

  • Tiger The Bodgets Cat's New Line: More Than Just Merchandise, A Mission for Bodega Cat Care
    December 15, 2023 at 5:00 AM

    In the bustling heart of Williamsburg, at 135 Metropolitan Ave, a unique collaboration is capturing the hearts of cat lovers and art enthusiasts alike. Metro Organic, a cornerstone of the local community, and Bodega Cats of New York (BCNY), a collective celebrated for its cat-themed art, have joined forces. Together, they're launching an exclusive line of cat merchandise featuring Tiger, a Scottish Fold bodega cat who's become a local icon.

  • Bodega Cat Bonding: Tips for Connecting With Your Local Shop Cat
    September 12, 2023 at 4:00 AM

    This article provides tips for forming bonds with bodega cats in your New York City neighborhood. It emphasizes being patient, letting cats warm up to you, offering treats, gentle petting once comfortable, playing with toys, chatting with owners to learn about each cat, avoiding startling them, and giving them space when needed. A quote from Daniel Mule of Staten Island recounts his experience slowly earning the trust of a bodega cat. The post encourages putting in the effort to connect with bodega cats to make them a special part of your local community. With the right approach, bodega cats can become lifelong furry friends.

  • 10 Tips for Keeping Your Cat Entertained and Active
    August 12, 2023 at 4:00 AM

    Are you looking for ways to keep your furry friend entertained and happy at home? Look no further than Bodega Cats of New York! We understand that every cat has unique needs and preferences, which is why we provide a variety of engaging toys that are sure to captivate your feline companion. From interactive puzzle toys to feather wands, our selection has something for every playstyle. Additionally, we encourage vertical exploration and play with our range of cat trees and shelves, allowing your cat to indulge their natural instincts to climb and observe their surroundings. Finally, we believe in investing in essential cat furniture to ensure your cat has a comfortable and stimulating environment. Whether it's a cozy bed or a scratching post, we have everything you need to create the perfect space for your beloved feline friend. Shop with Bodega Cats of New York today and watch your cat's happiness soar!

  • How to Choose the Right Cat Food for Your Cat's Health and Diet
    August 5, 2023 at 4:00 AM

    Are you a proud cat parent in the bustling city of New York? Then look no further than Bodega Cats of New York for all your feline needs! In our latest blog post, we delve into the world of cat food, discussing the different types of cat food available on the market. From wet to dry, grain-free to hypoallergenic, we've got you covered. But it doesn't stop there; we also provide valuable insights on how to read a cat food label and what to look for. Because we believe that every cat deserves the best, we guide you through choosing the right food for your cat's individual needs. So, whether your feline friend is a picky eater, has sensitive digestion, or requires specialized nutrition, trust Bodega Cats of New York to help you make informed decisions when it comes to their diet.

  • How to Appreciate Cat-Themed Digital Art: An Art Lover's Guide
    June 1, 2023 at 4:00 AM

    Discover the joy and intrigue of cat-themed digital art. From understanding the symbolism of cats to interpreting stylistic choices, this guide will enrich your appreciation for the genre and deepen your love for our feline friends. Join us as we unravel the beauty of cat-themed digital art.

  • The Feline Muses: Exploring Famous Artists Who Loved Cats
    May 25, 2023 at 4:00 AM

    Dive into the captivating world of famous artists who held a deep affection for cats. Discover how their feline companions not only shared their personal lives but also left an indelible imprint on their artistic creations. We also draw parallels with how we, at Bodega Cats Of New York, continue to celebrate the beauty and spirit of cats in our art.

  • Why do Bodegas Keep Cats Around?
    April 20, 2023 at 11:00 PM

    The history of bodega cats can be traced back to the early 1900s when Italian immigrants began opening small grocery stores in urban areas.

  • Are Bodega Cats Legal In New York City?
    April 28, 2023 at 5:00 AM

    Are bodega cats legal in NYC? Bodega cats have been a beloved part of New York City culture for decades. These cats are often found roaming around inside and outside of corner stores, providing companionship and even pest control. But are these cats legal in NYC?

  • Our Origin Story and How We're Helping Animal Non-Profits Raise Money
    March 31, 2023 at 5:00 AM

    In 2020, I started Bodega Cats Of New York in honor of my beloved bodega cat, Harry. Since then, I’ve been creating artwork to commemorate bodega cats around NYC. I’m now giving away this artwork for free to 501c3 non-profits in an effort to help them raise money in 2023. My goal is to use my artwork to make a difference and help animals in need.

  • Why Black Cats Have Been Wrongly Portrayed as Bad Luck Through History
    February 28, 2023 at 5:00 AM

    The superstition that black cats are bad luck has been an enduring one throughout history—but why? In truth, it has been an unfounded belief, handed down through folklore as a way to diversify the persecution of different communities—particularly those feared for their beliefs and traditions. In this blog, we'll explore the history of how and why black cats have been so unfairly portrayed as bringing bad luck.

  • Why New Yorkers love Bodega Cats so much
    April 2, 2024 at 2:39 PM

    There's just something about bodega cats that New Yorkers can't help but love. Maybe it's their independent spirit or their aloofness. Or maybe it's because they always seem to be in the right place at the right time (like when you're looking for a late-night snack).

  • How to help animal related non-profits
    March 4, 2024 at 9:30 PM

    There are a number of ways to support animal-related non-profits. The most obvious way is through financial contributions, but there are other ways to support these organizations as well.

  • Helping Cats in New York City: 5 Non-Profit Organizations Making a Difference
    December 5, 2022 at 5:00 AM

    New York City is home to an abundance of cats, and there are many non-profit organizations working hard to ensure their safety and well-being. From providing food and shelter to hosting low-cost spay/neuter clinics and advocating for humane legislation, these groups are making a real difference in the lives of cats in NYC. In this post, we’ll take a look at five of the best non-profits that are helping cats in New York City, what they do, and how you can help.

  • How owning a cat can help relieve stress
    February 1, 2024 at 4:00 PM

    The companionship of a pet can have a tremendous effect on a person's mental health. Cats, in particular, are known to be incredibly therapeutic and can bring a sense of comfort, happiness, and peace to their owners.