You Can Become Pen Pals With These Lonely Museum Cats During Coronavirus


If you’ve been feeling a bit lonely in quarantine, you’re not alone.

The cats at The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma are feeling the same way and are looking for pen pals.

“The cats are lonely and would love to hear from you. Write them a letter and they’ll write back,” the museum wrote on Facebook urging anyone who is interested to become pen pals with their two felines, Cleo and Perilla.

Anyone who sends a letter from now until April 26 will get a response from the museum's furry residents.

The museum says that Cleo and Perilla are two of the three cats that live and “work” in the gardens. They play a key role in keeping the grounds pest-free.

“They help with pest control and the guests love them. Our cats live a lavish life with heat in the winter and A/C in the summer,” the website notes.

“Keep an eye out and your camera ready on your next visit. They’re quite used to the paw-parazzi at this point.”

To help those planning to write a letter, the museum gave a bit more insight into the cats and their likes.

“Perilla is the one who’s really in charge. Happy to sit around most of the day and let others do the work, she’s not only treated like royalty, she acts like it too,” noting that her favorite historical figure is “Cleopatra.”

Cleo (short for Cleome) is the youngest of the cats.

“Cleome was dropped here as a kitten. We’ve raised her like our own ever since. Don’t be fooled by that sweet little face, she’s a hunter at heart. All of our cats provide a certain level of pest control. Cleome seems to think it’s a competition.”

During the quarantine, you can find Cleo watching her favorite movie, “The Terminator.”

The museum, which is known for its Italian-inspired gardens, was forced to shut down until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our team will continue to monitor the situation daily and share updates including when we will reopen,” museum officials shared on their website. “We strive every day to make a more creative and connected community. This is not just because of a building and 25 acres of grounds. We can and will continue this mission through every platform available to us.”

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