Cat Breaks All The Rules And Makes Himself At Home In London Grocery Store

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on January 8, 2016

If you happen to have “orange cat” written on your grocery list, you may want to do your shopping at Sainsbury’s in London.

When patrons visit Sainsbury’s Supermarket in Brockley, they see more than just groceries. There’s a feline named Olly Oliver who oversees shoppers and their food choices.

But while a feline food place seems like a fun idea (have you heard about the cat cafes in Canada and Shanghai?), the kitty is technically not allowed to be in the grocery store.

Says a spokesperson in a recent Bored Panda article:

“He lives in the house next door and he’s in here every day, all the time. He’s not allowed to be here, the staff like him, but he is a health and safety risk.”

In fact, store security has even removed Olly Oliver from the premises. But the six-year-old cat, who lives right next door, assumes that Sainsbury’s is an extension of his home. It seems that he feels that he’s more than welcome to strut the concrete aisles and perch on the shelves next to the snacks (maybe he likes the crinkly bags?).

Do you feel like you’re being…watched?

Yes, definitely.

OH, hello there.


The #brockley #sainsburyscat

A photo posted by Faye Lewis (@fayelord) on

Sir, may I see an ID?

I bloody love this cat ‘Ollie’ always in sainsburys #sainsburyscat #ollie #sainsburysbrockley #brockley #cat A photo posted by Yasmin Nyahoe (@yasmin.nyahoe) on


Would you visit a grocery store to catch a glimpse of the resident cat?

(Featured image adapted from photo from Nigel Thornberry via Twitter.)