Store Cat

There is a store near me in Largo, Florida that is literally named “World’s Most Unusual Dollar Store.” It is like a mom and pop Big Lots with a lot of cheap, Chinese made products but also some unusual items, hence the name. I was in there recently when I heard a cat meowing over and over again. I turned to see where the noise was coming from and saw a cat walk by the end of the aisle I was in. 

I followed him (I use him generically but don’t know the sex) but he was gone by the time I reached the end of the aisle. Fortunately, I was able to follow the meows and caught up with him a few Isles down.

He was very friendly and seemed to love it when I pet him. After a couple of minutes, I took my phone out and took his picture. This photo below is not perfect because he was moving but it’s good enough to see what he looks like.

As I was checking out I asked if that was their cat or did a stray get in the store? The lady said it was their cat but when I asked about the sex, she didn’t know. I didn’t pursue the matter. I just assumed it was a stray that they allowed to hang out in their store and probably fed.

If it was me, I would have brought the cat to the vet to have him fixed and checked for health issues. That is not to say I think badly of the store owners. Quite the contrary. Many store owners would rather call animal control than allow a cat to roam their store so I respect them for that.

What do you think?


31 thoughts on “Store Cat

  1. The Island Cats

    It’s a tough one. We have a store here that is a garden center/pet store. They have a store cat who is really overweight. It’s name is Snowball and definitely looks like one (except it’s black and white). Every time the mom is in there and sees Snowball, she wants to say something about the weight to the owners, but holds off. She doesn’t wanna start any trouble.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I don’t like to see you overweight cats but at least he is not starving. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of Chris. He’s put on a bit of weight despite my efforts to keep it off.

  2. koolkosherkitchen

    I hadn’t realized you lived on Key Largo. I know the store and the cat. The cat is very pretty and quite sociable. I do agree with you; the first thing I would’ve done (and did) with a stray is to take it to a vet to check for health issues. Well, kitty has a home, and tha should count for something!

      1. koolkosherkitchen

        You are right, and the store I was thinking about is actually on Key West, rather than Key Largo. My husband corrected me, when I told him. We sailed there a couple of years ago, and I got confused.

  3. kittiesblue

    Maybe what Summer commented is the case! At least this sweetie is not on the street trying to fend for itself. Sounds like and interesting store! XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  4. franhunne4u

    Who knows, this MIGHT be an already neutered cat. I doubt they would keep an unneutered cat (females are too loud when in heat and males spray – and that would not be a good thing to do in a shop).

  5. onespoiledcat

    I’m glad the cat has a safe place to live but like you, if it was “my cat” I certainly would have had it checked out and would know if it was a male or female. I suppose the bigger issue is one less cat starving on the street BUT seems a small thing to have the cat checked over by a vet and have its’ shots, etc. as well as provide shelter if you are calling it “yours” !!



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