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City’s new website is going to the cats, for a moment

The city of Boston’s Twitter account posted this image in response to a request for more cats on the home page of’s redesign. City of Boston

Chip Goines wanted more cats. And that’s exactly what the city of Boston gave him.

On Tuesday, the person behind Boston’s official Twitter account asked residents what they would like to see added to the city’s upgraded website for constituent services. Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office last week launched the beta version of the site, which featured a drastic, colorful redesign.

Officials have been urging residents to take a survey to offer opinions on how to make the website flashier and more user-friendly.

Goines, a vocal opponent of Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid, requested felines be featured on the home page — and lots of them.


“City of Boston did a great redesign, but it needs moar [sic] cat pix [sic],” Goines said on Twitter.

Two hours later, officials sent Goines a mock-up image of a new home page. The faux design featured four cats frolicking, climbing, and exploring the website.

A white cat at the top of the image appeared to be swatting playfully at the city’s logo. A second cat was shown leaping across the word “.Gov.” Just below that, an orange tabby rested, as a striped cat on the opposite side pounced on the letter “B” in the word Boston.

“Is this a good amount of cats or nah?” the city replied playfully.

A spokeswoman for Walsh said the response, which received plaudits from those following the account, was not the result of a “hack.”

And, of course, the real design will not include an array of furry creatures.

You can see the entire exchange below:

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