Maybe it was the way the sun bounced off the thick white hair on her belly, or her furry come hither smile. • Whatever it was, Molly the cat's photo in the St. Petersburg Times on Jan. 7 caught someone — or something's — eye. • Two days after the photo ran, her owner received a mysterious letter in the mail.
"Dear Molly. You are one sweet looking pussy cat. Maybe we can meet one day for a snack . . . a mouse or frog, perhaps."
"Love, your secret admirer."
"P.S.," it read. "I'm black. I hope this is not a problem."
Plenty of boy kitties have vied for the attention of the golden-eyed Molly. Black, white or orange, they've all received the same response.
Only one male so far has earned the fickle feline's seal of approval.
Eight years ago, George Flynn lost a cat to cancer. Flynn, who lives alone, was quite depressed over the death of his pet. On a doctor's recommendation, he headed to the SPCA for a new critter.
Molly caught his eye. Or maybe he caught hers.
"She just rubbed up against me and said, 'Take me home, I love you,' " said Flynn, 72, a retired engineer.
The secret admirer has some big shoes to fill. Since Flynn adopted her, Molly has grown used to two daily canned food entrees, a warm spot at the foot of the bed and her pick of table scraps.
Flynn suspects one of his friends is behind the note. He enlisted the help of a woman who works at his Clearwater country club. She says she's good at analyzing handwriting, but so far, no leads.
Even if the secret admirer comes forward, Flynn doubts there will be wedding bells or an exchange of collars.
"Any cat that might come in here would be seen as a threat to her food supply," he said.
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