The news isn’t all bad these days. Some good news in this Covid-19, work from home world is some of us now get to see cats on the local T.V. news. Every night. Just as our own Zoom calls have been photobombed by our resident cats, so too are the cat loving T.V. newscasters who now broadcast from home..
In St. Louis, fans of the KMOV evening news are delighting in watching co-anchor Samantha Jones’ cats co-host the nightly broadcast. As days of Covid-19 lockdown have become weeks, local cat lovers are tuning in to see what the cats will do next. Which is: not much. Turns out that even sleeping cats are a welcome distraction during lockdown.
Cat Life During Coronavirus Confinement
Such are the long days in lockdown that spotting a cat on the evening news is something to look forward to. Seeing the cat actually move? Exhilarating! Watching a cat walk across the kitchen counter while their cat mom delivers the news? Pure suspense.
We’re like: “Hey Samantha! The cat is on on the stove!” Or “Samantha, Turn around! Do you know what your cat is doing!”
But mostly the cats sleep. In the first days of Ms. Jones’ work from home broadcast, we weren’t quite sure what we were seeing. We spied a cat-like silhouette on a living room chair. Ooooh, is it a cat? A pillow? Then it moved. A cat it is! And then one cat became two cats, doubling the fun. The Siamese type cat that claims the chair is sometimes joined by the handsome grey and white cat. Oh joy, cat peoples!
Meet The KMOV Work From Home Cat Team
Before the Covid-19 lockdown, Samantha Jones‘ cats were just regular ole stay-at-home kitties. Now they are public figures. St. Louis cat lovers want DETAILS: who are the kitty cohosts! Inquiring cat people want to know.
Tink is the Siamese kitty reliably occupying the co-cat chair. Off air, Tink will be found hunting for something to get into. Both Tink and her brother will celebrate their 1st birthday soon.
Samantha Jones is St. Louis’s favorite cat mom, news anchor. Tune in at 6 PM and 10 PM to watch the KMOV cat team on Channel 4. She’ll quickly be your favorite anchor, with or without cats.
Litty is the handsome, grey and white tuxedo boy. Usually Litty is off-camera, sleeping on the job under his cat mom, co-host’s chair. Described as a bit of a “lurker” by his cat mom, Litty has brought us some of the most exciting on-air moments during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Of course Samantha Jones isn’t the only pet lover on the KMOV team. Fans of KMOV are well acquainted with Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton’s golden retriever Seamus. Seamus is something of a virtual therapy dog, delivering PSA’s and distracting us from the St. Louis weather.
Reporter Kim St. Onge, usually out on location, has delighted us during lockdown by appearing on her couch, with dog Levi as co-host.
Betty the Weathercat: Work From Home Cat Goes Viral
St. Louis’s Litty and Tink aren’t the only kitties that have been thrust into the spotlight with Covid-19, work from home broadcasts. Betty the cat from small-market Evansville, Indiana has gone big by joining the 14 NEWS live weather report. Betty has literally leapt to fame overnight.
Lucky for us, cat dad and Chief Meteorologist Jeff Lyons has welcomed Betty on air and graciously shared the work from home spotlight. Assisted by his equally good humored wife and son, Lyons recently hosted a Facebook Live featuring Betty and telling more about the new star. A must-watch where we learn Betty hails from humble beginnings as a stray who adopted the Lyons family by appearing at their window. Among other things, we learn she likes to drink water from a glass, but only with ice. She will also work for ham. She may or may not be a Norwegian Forest cat.
Betty the Work From Home Weathercat Gets Paid
While the post-work from home future is not certain for Betty’s live on-camera career, she is making the most of her moment. A true diva, she is now demands fresh tuna tins for her live shots. A win-win for all.
Why Work From Home Cats Are Thrilling Audiences
Would these on-air cats be quite so amusing in a pre-lockdown world? Who knows. Who remembers? Now we live for today. Cats appearing on the evening news, doing what cats enough cause for a joyful interlude. We’ll take it. One Betty the Weathercat fan put it this way: “We’re all anxious to get back to normal. Cats are normal.”
If we are to use cat cafes as a measure, both St.Louis and Evansville are major kitty loving cities. St. Louis is home to two fabulous cat cafes. Evansville, a river town on the Ohio River of about one hundred and seventeen thousand people, serves the cat loving community with River Kitty Cat Cafe. All are temporarily closed at the moment for the Covid-19 lockdown. So until we’re can get our live kitty fix, we’ll just have to settle for cats on the news.
What will the post-lockdown newscast look like when our favorite cat parents return to the studio? Can we keep cats on the news? Yes, please.
I’m so glad my kitties are bringing joy to others right now! I’d be in a bad way with out them, so I can only hope they’re helping others cope too. -Samantha Jones