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First Felines

The reason for the small number of cats among White House pets (“White House Cats: Why So Doggone Few?” by Kathleen Hendrix, March 27) should really be quite obvious. The White House is a residence for a politician, and a politician likes to control a situation, to be in charge, to give orders, and to be obeyed. A dog is an ideal subject for such a benign dictator, being cheerful, loyal and not at all questioning. A cat, on the other hand, chooses to walk by itself, obedient to no man--unless it suits the cat.

Never forget that essential oxymoron: My cat.

CLEMENT SALVADORI

Laguna Beach

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