Thursday, November 30, 2023
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Shop Cat: Coco, the Junkyard Cat

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Coco, the auto recycling cat.

So I walk into the office of the auto recycling yard where my beloved old pink Escort was towed over the weekend, car title in hand to pick up my check for the scrap value of the car. The last thing I expect to see in the midst of ringing phones and people talking and machinery running outside and inside is a perfectly relaxed handsome cat stretched out on the counter, properly primer gray, and air-kneading and purring amidst it all.

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Coco, air kneading and purring hard.

Apparently this was his spot since all other boxes of car parts and paperwork were crowded at either end of the counter.

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Coco has his spot on the counter, the car parts and paperwork have theirs.

Really, I’ve been to this place before and the counter is usually stacked with boxed of parts and paperwork and other stuff. This time it was primarily the cat. This is what he looked like as I walked in, saw him, and took a quick photo in case he’d run for some reason—what would make me think that?

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The scene when I walked in.

A customer was also there and had been petting him, and he was the person who told me Coco’s name. Coco apparently approved of our approval of him as he gave us a total belly view. This cat is the very meaning of “nonplussed”.

gray cat stretching
Belleh shot.

As we transacted the transaction for my car I got a little information on Coco. I now the auto recycling yard is along the river and there are abandoned buildings near, a perfect area for cats to show up since there’d be a ready food source in rodents, plus lots of safe cover in the buildings and in the cars all along the lot. Here’s what the rest of the place looks like.

The auto recycling lot.
The auto recycling lot.

They mentioned there are a few other cats around and it seems a mom cat chose the place for her kittens. No others were as outgoing as Coco, but all were spayed and neutered and were fed regularly, and petted if they so chose to accept.

Necessities for a junkyard/auto recycling operation: cat food, aloe plant, car parts.
Necessities for a junkyard/auto recycling operation: cat food, aloe plant, car parts.

“It’s just all in a day’s work,” said Coco in a brief moment of awareness before slipping off to dreamland once again.

gray cat on counter

Read about other “Working Cats“, about all the wonderful shop cats I meet along the way!

Currently many are my own cats hard at work with my in office and studio, but I look forward to following up with other cats I’ve met.

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