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Employees say the former barn cat was brought to the home improvement store to help solve a mouse problem in 2022. (Photo by Svetlana Sultanaeva/iStock via Getty Images)

If you’ve ever been inside a big box home improvement store, you’ve probably seen a bird or two flying around. And why not? Those stores have a lot to offer members of the avian community. They’re spacious and well-lit with plenty of places to build nests. They also offer protection from the elements and predators. Well, until now.

According to WPVI-TV, a cat took up residence inside a Home Depot store in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, in 2022. Employees of the home improvement store say Leo, a former barn cat, was brought in to help solve a mouse problem. For all we know, he may be keeping the birds away, too. However, Leo has definitely been bringing customers in.

Jeffrey Simpkins, who often brings his own cats, Will and Grace, to the Home Depot, has been posting videos of Leo on TikTok. That has led to Leo becoming a social media sensation to the tune of more than 50 million views. Some people come to the store just to see him.

If you’re ever in the Mount Laurel Home Depot, Leo is hard to miss. He enjoys wearing clothes and taking rides in his shopping cart. Leo even has a couple of name tags. One says, “Hello my name is Leo.” The other one says like “Mount Laurel Store,” so you know he’s official.

The store’s employees take good care of Leo. They make sure he gets regular vet check-ups and has a place to sleep when the Home Depot is closed on holidays. You can see the little guy in the video below. By the way, the name of the woman reporting the story is Katie Katro. Do you think that assignment was intentional?

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