1B Retired host cat is ready to be your guest

By Dawn Schuett

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

WABASHA — Morris the cat is retiring from the hospitality industry.

An orange tabby that has been one of the resident cats at the Historic Anderson House bed and breakfast in Wabasha is up for adoption after spending years keeping guests company.

Morris is 10 to 12 years old and doesn’t like to be picked up, said Teresa Smith, who owns the Anderson House with her husband.


"I think he’d be happier somewhere else," Smith said. "He’s a very loving cat but on his terms."

A replacement for Morris has already been found. It’s a 1-year-old orange tabby named Mini Morris.

Cats have been part of the tradition of the Anderson House since the 1970s when a guest borrowed one to keep him company. These days, guests may request one of five felines during a stay in one of the rooms.

The other cats currently at the Anderson House include Arnold, Aloysius, Ginger and Fred, a recent addition and a replacement for a cat named Goblin, who died last year.

"Just the way he (Fred) acts, he thinks he’s a dog but he’s a cool cat," Smith said.

Anyone interested in adopting Morris may contact Smith at 651-565-2500.

For more information, go to

History Anderson House

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