If you’re a regular New York City subway rider, it is highly likely that at least at some point during your journeys you’ve seen a subway rat. Rats are such a plague on the system that someone even started a site called Rate My Rat (thankfully, Metro-North doesn’t have to worry about this problem quite so much – though there are always exceptions). Since the New York Transit Museum is housed in a retired subway station, they too have visiting rats. And who better to take care of those rats than a cat?


Enter Sadie the subway cat, an adorable feline that has already been featured here once before. Though she may have been adopted to keep the rats in check, I’m told that she doesn’t too much in terms of catching rats. In fact, one of the security guards at the museum told me she got scared and ran away from a rat once, without even hissing or making a noise at it.

Sadie is, however, one of my favorite parts of the museum. It had been nearly two years since I saw her last – as every time I visited the museum she was somewhere hiding. But on my most recent visit, she was in a strange mood and starving for attention. She interrupted several tour groups of children, and wandered around the museum’s various restored cars while I snapped her photo. She’s gotten quite chubby since the last time I saw her, but she’s still adorable. Not like the Transit Museum will listen to anything I suggest, but I most definitely think they ought to get her a cat cam. It would be interesting to see the museum from a cat’s point of view!


Ahhh, the life of a cat. Getting to lounge around in some old subway cars all day doesn’t sound that bad, actually.

21 Responses

  1. Tyler says:

    What a great post. Very fitting for this blog, as well.

    Transit Museum: If you’re reading this, I second the Cat Cam idea!

  2. Jeff says:

    Anybody might think you’re some kind of “cat lady” or something…

    Looks like one of mine — especially the “chubby” part.

    • Emily says:

      I prefer the name “Cat Girl” – we’ll reserve “Cat Lady” for when I weigh 100 more pounds and actually own ten or more cats.

  3. Heather says:

    I’m planning on going down to the city two weeks from now, and the transit museum was on my list since it’s been a while since I’ve been there. I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for her :)

  4. Dana says:

    Such great photos of Sadie! What a ham! I wish i could visit her!

  5. Judy says:

    enjoyed your post — what a sweet kitty!

  6. Nan says:

    CAT CAM Yes! A must do for the museum. A live feed will allow viewers to mark when they see interesting content to look back at too.

  7. Patti says:

    Loved your post! Such a sweet Kitty :)

  8. Susan Stokes says:

    Great story and great photos!!

  9. Mamakatjam says:

    I also agree a cat cam would be purrrrr fect for Sadie. That way, those that can not get to the museum personally can see it through the eyes of one that knows it well!

  10. Great photos! I saw Sadie when we visited the Transit Museum 4 years ago, and I couldn’t be happier to hear that she’s still there. Hooray for Sadie, and hooray for Cat Girl!

  11. Mary Lou says:

    I think they should get her a playmate and help her lose a little weight. Exercise and quality wet food diet will help. We owe it to her.

  12. Cherie says:

    She’s lonesome. She needs a buddy! More cat to catch the rats!=)

  13. Kathy says:

    Great photos of a museum employee who enjoys the company and attention she deserves. I’m glad she has brought some sparkle to the area she deigns to reign. Hopefully, the rigors of her job will bring her some weight loss. After all, she is the chief rat exterminator on site. A cat cam would be invaluable to asset her job performance.

  14. Anjie Pham says:

    Sadie needs another feline companion. It’s lonely in the museum all by herself.

  15. Raymond says:

    I visited the museum yesterday and became aquainted with Sadie for the first time. I only learned of Sadie form your article after going home and googling “transit museum cat.”

    At first I thought she snuck ino the museum but the collar made me think otherwise. Upon closer exinination I became a bit bothered by the huge patches of missing fur on her lower back. I dont know cats enough to tell what might have caused it but it doesnt look too good.

    • Emily says:

      Oh, that isn’t very good… She looked okay the last time I saw her, but I do remember at one time she had some pretty matted fur. Maybe someone tried to trim off the mats. Hopefully she’s alright!

  16. Stacy says:

    Thanks for this! I love seeing stories about kitties in urban settings living out their life without belonging to a traditional home.

  17. William Hays says:

    If Bloombooger kicks Matilda out of the Algonquin again, send her to Brooklyn. She’ll be appreciated there.

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