Former First Cat Won't Make Trip with Leavitt

Former First Cat Won't Make Trip with Leavitt


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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- At least one of Mike Leavitt's family members won't head to Washington D-C with him.

The former Utah Governor is leaving the first cat behind. Leavitt transferred custody of 'Faux Paw' to one of his staffers at a final farewell yesterday.

The orange tabby spent his days in the Capitol and his nights and weekends were spent at a staffer's house.

Leavitt adopted the cat in 1999, but the kitty stayed at the Capitol because his family and their dog nixed the idea of taking him home.

Leavitt leaves for Washington today to take his post as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Faux Paw gets his name because of his extra toes. And by the way, he's a Republican.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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