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Craziest Places for Cat Lovers: Algonquin Hotel, New York City

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Matilda, the Algonquin Cat, New York City

There may be no more famous cat in New York City than Matilda, the Algonquin Hotel’s in-house guard cat. There may be no more controversial as well, since Matilda, the 10th cat to take up residence in the hotel’s lobby and bar since 1930, found herself subject to a Department of Health investigation in 2011 that forced the hotel’s staff to keep her leashed up behind the check-in desk. After some tabloid back-and-forth (The New York Post called her confinement a “Meow” trage), Matilda was fitted with a vibrating collar that keeps her away from the Algonquin’s kitchen and in good stead with the city. Tourists flock to see her in the hotel’s lobby and even send her fan mail at her official email address: matildaalgonquincat@algonquinhotel.com. —Matt Haber


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