Cats are a staple in Hong Kong shops. Now, seeing that, you might think that this animal infestation would be similar to the New York City rat problem, but magically it’s not! Although cats are absolutely ubiquitous in any market in Hong Kong, the business owners have spun it into a positive relationship.
The comforting presence of the animals often lures customers in, and increase sales, thus the owners consider the cats a lucky blessing. They also conveniently get rid of any of the aforementioned rat problems big cities constantly deal with.
Having a shop-cat has become a Hong Kong tradition: whether the cats are either adopted and brought into the shop, or the catchooses the shop itself and simply never leaves, either way–the shop becomes home.
Marcel Heijnen, a Dutch photographer who moved to Hong Kong started to notice the felines “as emperors of their own retail kingdoms.” He then started to document the process. Check out some of the majestic cat photos below.
via Next Shark