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St. Louis Cat
Commentary by: Elaine Viets
Aired September 17, 2008

Each city Iíve lived in has its own type of cat.

When Don and I were in Washington DC, the place was populated with lots of gray cats. The gray cats seemed to go with all the gray suits. Gray fur isnít politically incorrect when itís on a cat.

We adopted two gray cats in DC, both from shelters. Both had sweet natures, unlike many of the two-legged gray creatures we encountered there.

South Florida is littered with tiger cats Ė brown cats with black stripes. My cat, Harry, is a brown tiger. His colors make sense if you see him curled up. Then he looks like tree roots and shadows, perfect for hiding in tall grass and trees.

Is there a St. Louis cat?

We had two strays in St. Louis. The first was a tri-colored cat named Elsah, because we found her near Elsah, Illinois. We also had an orange tiger from West County called Hodge. He was named after O.T. Hodgeís chili parlor and Samuel Johnsonís cat.

Our Hodge liked to eat and loved to curl up on a good book.

He was also a St. Louis cat.

The Humane Society of Missouri sees cats in every color combination. But in St. Louis, black cats and tabby cats predominate, says the societyís Jeane Jae. This is not a scientific count, just an impression from the shelter staff.

More of a feline, if you will.

(The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis Public Radio.)

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Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets


Elaine Viets is a freelance writer.

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