NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Boogie, the feline who once proved that cats make better firehouse pets than dogs, has passed away.
“It is with a heavy heart I must share the news of the passing of our beloved cat, Boogie,” read a memorial on Boogie’s Instagram page, @midtownboogiefdny, posted Saturday. “Boogie brought so many smiles to this firehouse, neighborhood and even around the world with his silly antics.”
How he died has not been mentioned.
“Boogie’s passing is sudden and unknown and we are all sad that he is gone,” the memorial continued.
The five-year-old black-and-white cat, who rose to fame back in 2014 after his Instagram was launched, was originally brought to FDNY Engine 1/Ladder 24 on 31st Street in Midtown to combat a mice problem.
It is with a heavy heart I must share the news of the passing of our beloved cat, Boogie. Boogie brought so many smiles to this firehouse, neighborhood and even around the world with his silly antics. A cat that was brought in to help with mice ended up becoming a much bigger part of the firehouse family. Boogies passing is sudden and unknown and we are all sad that he is gone. We thank everyone for your love and support of Boogie through his Instagram and coming by to see him.
He had collected well over 18,000 followers, with hundreds of followers liking photos of Boogie sitting atop the firetruck, lounging in arm chairs and investigating various firefighting equipment.
NYC’s other famous firehouse feline, Carlow, bid farewell to his “meowtual partner” on his own personal Instagram account, @carlow_fdny_cat.
“Having met [Boogie] personally, I can tell you that he was a lovable friendly cat who brought joy to the men who worked there and to the people in his community,” read the post, likely written by a firefighter at the Yorkville station. “You will be missed brother.”