In 2009, Leo was adopted by the Linseisen's Feed family. His first few weeks were spent hiding in the bathroom and closets at the feed store, unsure of the newfound freedom and attention. After settling in, Leo found his true calling as chief store greeter, product sampler & quality control, and morale booster. Leo spent the majority of his days patrolling the parking lot, observing the birds on the gates, checking the conditions of the garden center, and exploring every shelf, nook, and cranny inside the store. He especially enjoyed testing out new pet beds and helping himself to dog treats. On special occasions, he could be found leaping from shelves, scampering to his food bowl, and chasing his toy mice. While he did not have a knack for catching mice, he did quite proudly carry into the store several gophers, a few birds and one very large lizard.
Leo became a local celebrity, with many fans who loved to come see him. Leo seemed to know when his favorite people arrived and would wait patiently for them to find him. He preferred the mature crowd, entertaining children only as long as his patience would allow. When dogs came into his territory, Leo held his ground and took no prisoners. If a canine were so brave as to stick a nose near him, Leo would send them on their way with a smack and a hiss, and no apology. In true cat-style, Leo loved going in and out of the store doors many times a day... and often would not cross the doorstep unless the appointed human had opened his preferred door.
During his life at Linseisen's, Leo participated in all events. When Santa came, Leo had his picture taken on his lap. When spring came, he always checked out the peeping box of baby chick and ducklings, but never once captured one. During meetings, he could be found strolling the chairs and visiting listeners, or trying to help himself to the pot of stew or sandwich tray.
With such a unique personality, Leo touched many people and brought excitement, entertainment, peace, and life to "his" store. Leo will be missed by his loving feed store fans and his Linseisen's family. We know there will never be another quite like him, and we are thankful for the six years he graciously offered us. We thank all of you for your support and for being a part of Leo's story.
In Leo's memory, we ask you to remember that there are many adult cats in shelters. The next time you are ready for a pet, consider giving them a chance. Find out more about Leo's shelter: