The Cat in the……Supermarket


Update 25/08/2020: I no longer live in Moscow near this supermarket, but I’ll never forget this little guy! I used to look out for him every time I went there, he was so cute.

I love my local supermarket.  Actually we have several local supermarkets in our neighbourhood.  They seemed to have multiplied in the last couple of years and now we have at least 6 small-ish supermarkets plus one huge shopping centre (mall, commercial centre, whatever you want to call it) all within walking distance from home (max. 15 minutes by foot to any of them).

All our local small supermarkets are quite cheap.  However they don’t have a great range of most things, the fruit and vegies sometimes leave a lot to be desired, and sometimes the aisles are so full of boxes of stuff being unpacked you simply can’t get to everything you need.

You can’t expect everything in life to be perfect I guess.

But, one of our local supermarkets is my favourite.  For one reason, and one reason only.

This guy:

guy cat
Isn’t he beautiful?!

Now, if you know me, you’ll know that I’m not a cat person.  I would even go so far as to say that I dislike them.

I don’t like the way they assume that you exist solely for them.  The way they insist on jumping up on to your lap when you’re a visitor in their owner’s house.  Even though they know that you don’t like them.  How they demand attention when they want it, and walk away from you, tail in the air, when they don’t.

Cats are evil

Cats are evil.  I can’t prove it, but I believe it (please, no hate letters from cat lovers.  I don’t hurt them, I just don’t like them).

evil cat
Look at the evil eyes of the cat – evil!

And I hated that phase some years ago when everybody was sending cat pictures to everybody else by email, and putting cat pictures on social networks because they’re so CUTE.  Blaghhhhh.

My real friends knew not to send me cat pictures.

So, why do I like this cat so much that I even take photos of him in the supermarket?

Because he’s the coolest cat I know.  He LIVES IN A SUPERMARKET!!

cat begging
Please open the tin for me – even if it’s dog food
looking at food
He stares at the food for hours waiting for somebody to come and feed him

He charms old ladies into opening packets of cat food so he can eat.  Right there on the shelf!

old lady and cat
Hello old lady, I’m hungry!
cat eating
Thank you! So delicious!

He can be found in various places in the building, wherever it’s comfortable.

under the checkout
Just hanging out under the checkout
Having a cat nap in the toilet paper aisle
napping 2
Sleeping on the charcoal
Outside the fruit and nut shop
Outside the fruit and nut shop

He even knows where the butcher is, and hangs around there in case the butcher decides to be generous.  Although I don’t know if this has ever happened.

Waiting for something from the butcher

This cat doesn’t insist on being caressed.  He’s very aloof.  He doesn’t bother you by pushing himself into your legs, leaving a trail of cat fur on your best black work pants.  This cat has manners.

He’s one cool cat.

cool cat

Do you know any cool cats?  Tell me all about them in the comments below!  Send me a photo of your cool cat and I’ll put it right here.

~ Cheryl

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Author: Cheryl

I'm an Australian woman who is now living in a village in rural Bulgaria. I lived for 12 years in Moscow, Russian Federation, working as an English language teacher. My current loves are my husband and my vegetable garden.

28 thoughts on “The Cat in the……Supermarket”

  1. Cheryl, My family used to have a cat that looked like this cat in your post. I think it’s cute that you followed this cat and took photos of his activities. He looks healthy and smart. #MLSTL


    1. Hi Natalie, it really was funny when we used to shop there. We looked for him every time, like he was a friend or someone we knew! He certainly was well-fed and it was clear that he had intelligence! He was gorgeous. πŸ™‚


  2. We used to have a cat that looked like that kitty. He used to go outside and then knock on the door…i kid you not knock on the door..if we ignored him he would then go to the window and tap on the window…he used to run down the passage way like a herd of elephants. He would eat the dish cloth and poo and wee in the soil of our inside Christmas Tree. He was my daughters cat. His name Was Michael…after Michael Jackson – Micky for short. I love cats but yes they are arrogant, aloof and on this world for themselves lol..My daughter still has cats. I have dogs…for the simple reason they are here for me…they love me unconditionally …and I love them right back ….#MLSTL


    1. Hi Bree, I’ve never heard of a cat knocking on a door before – that’s hilarious! Sounds like he was a real character! I much prefer dogs too, I love the attention and love they give me. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to have another dog in my life sometime sooner or later (not too later I hope!). Nice to see you at Born in a Car again. Enjoy the end of the week! πŸ™‚


  3. Your comments and the picture made me smile. Interesting, in the states, that probably wouldn’t happen, but he probably does a good job keeping the mouse population down, he is chubby. I loved this post, humor, wit, subtlety and fun! Best, Michele #mlstl


    1. Hi Michele, I’m sure it wouldn’t happen in Australia, either. It’s nice when people ‘live and let live’, especially since the cat wasn’t causing any harm at all, and I’m sure a lot of people have one or more cats at home, so why not in a supermarket?! Thanks for stopping by, Michele, and take care. πŸ™‚


  4. Cheryl this cat is very cool indeed. What a lucky cat to live in a supermarket. He looks like he would love people watching. I love cats and had a good laugh as I read your post. #MLSTL


    1. Hi Jennifer, I’m glad that you find our supermarket cat cool, and he is very lucky with his choice of living quarters! He really was quite a star! πŸ™‚


  5. You’ve reminded me of my travels to Europe last year, particularly Amsterdam where almost every local bar we visited had a resident cat! We enjoyed many afternoons play cribbage while enjoying a beer, with a cat curled up purring beside us!


    1. Hi Helen, don’t you love those places that allow animals (within reason!) into human places?! I’m not a cat person, but I do find it nice when I walk into a bar/cafe and see a cat. To me it means that the people who own the bar are kind and that there will be good vibes in the place. We stayed in a hotel once in Riga, Latvia, and there was a resident cat who spent some time getting cuddled in our room! Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of the week. πŸ™‚


  6. Sorry, I can’t relate because I’m a cat lover. I’ve always had at least one cat, and at the moment we have 3. The coolest cat I know is my 19yr old. She cheated death 5 yrs ago when she survived throat cancer. We had another health scare last week but she survived again. She’s beautiful, affectionate and rules all the other pets in our house.


    1. Hi Christina, wow, you are lucky to have a cook 19 year old cat. I guess she’s lucky to have you too. So glad to hear that she’s surviving, I hope she’ll be around to give you years more pleasure. πŸ™‚


  7. We’re cat people – converted from dog people. I like the fact that cats mind their own business (in more ways than one!) and that they are more self-contained and less needy than dogs. I loved your supermarket cat – he looks very content with the life he’s chosen (maybe I’ll live in a supermarket instead of a retirement home when the time comes?)
    Thanks so much for being a part of #MLSTL


    1. Hi Leanne, I’ve never been a cat person. I’d love a dog, but right now is not the best time. Hoping to be able to get one when we finally stop travelling (whenever that is, I don’t really know!). Supermarket cat really was content living where he was, and why wouldn’t he be with food on tap like that?! Thanks Leanne, for all the MLSTLs you’ve hosted, it’s been fun! πŸ™‚ xx


  8. This cat looks like the perfect combination of pleading for food while showing his aloofness. Feed me. Don’t touch me. Love that there is a cat living in a grocery store. I hope there are more around the world.


    1. Hi Jennifer, yes, he really knew exactly how to play the old ladies. We saw it happen more than once, although the shop assistants weren’t too keen on him eating the profits! I also hope that there are more cats in the world living in grocery stores! Thanks for visiting Born in a Car, wishing you a lovely end to the week. πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Sue, yes, I agree, cats are quite elegant! This supermarket cat was the boss of the place, that was sure. It was a real pleasure to see him there on our weekly visits. And thank you for hosting MLSTL, I’ve enjoyed being part of it. Wishing you a great week ahead.


    1. Not a cat person at all, and I refuse to entertain the idea of having one, despite my husband loving them. They’re just not for some people. Nice to see you here, Dee, thank you for stopping by.


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