Welcome Boston’s Weird New Celebrity: "Stroller Cat"

The internet is a weird, weird place.

A disagreement between a woman who brought her cat onto the T in a baby stroller and some disgruntled riders found its way from the real world to the internet Tuesday (as most cat-related things do.) And from this little public transit spat a Boston internet star was born: Stroller Cat.

As BostInno’s Steve Annear ably recounts, a few T riders took to Twitter to complain that they’d seen a woman with a very large stroller on the T during peak hours.

Meanwhile, the cat owner herself, who tweets as @abyaday, took to Twitter to complain, probably unaware of the conversation going on about her cat, that she’d encountered some snippy T riders.

Actually, those in the know quickly recognized the cat as one whose owner regularly documents her cat adventures throughout the city on a blog (which we screenshotted above) called The Daily Abyssinian. A sample entry:

I love riding the T with Jacoby. It’s fun to watch other people watching him, and it’s fun to watch him on the train. At times, he just seems so jaded. ‘Ho hum, here we are on the train. Yawn.’

Boston’s webizens are apparently a very, very bored group of people because the hashtag of one disgruntled rider, #strollercat, quickly became a place where the rest of the internet chimed in on the debate over etiquette. Finally, and somewhat inevitably, someone created a parody Twitter account for @StrollerCat, and thus does Boston have a new internet celebrity.

This is a very strange city. We think The Globe’s Michael Morisy probably says it best:

  • http://www.abyaday.com Coco & Jacoby

    First off…wow. Here I am at my day job, with no idea that Jacoby’s becoming a star!

    And I tried to be as small as possible…I needed to run some errands in Porter Square. I know that thing can be a pain in the ass…I tried to get into the back and out of the way as much as I could.

    It was after 6pm, too, and I really didn’t think it’d be THAT crowded; I thought the worst of the rush would be over by then.

    Anyway…wow. This is amazing. I love the internet.

  • Shocked

    This is ridiculous. Why do you feel the need to put your cat in a full sized child stroller? This is not really the definition of “properly contained”. “Properly contained” means IN A CARRIER with NO means of escape. Your cat could jump out of that stroller any minute. If anyone ever sees this woman, I would alert transit authority immediately. So inconsiderate.

    • Jake-fan

      To: Schoked

      Well, except that the cat can’t jump out of the stroller, it’s leashed in. So there.

      • catsforever

        Shocked – What’s it to you if someone wants to walk their cat around in a stroller? If she’s following the rules of the MBTA she can do whatever she wants. It shows that she is a loving pet parent. Are you that closed minded? People like you make me hate this city.

    • Janice Paulsen

      I have a cat stroller, much smaller than a baby stroller, especially those that carry two kids and all the groceries and have cupholders and other accessories. My pet stroller has a tag sewn onto it by the manufacturer that says specifically “pets only” – that would be cats and very small dogs – anything larger would not fit in. There is no way I can get my cat to the vet without going on the “T”. My cat is zipped inside the stroller, not sticking his head out of it as the one in this photo does. Most people are very nice about my stroller. I try to go on buses when they are not crowded, especially not crowded with baby carriages, shopping carts, etc.