Banjo Shanks of Franklin Ind., won't answer the call to be counted, despite being mailed a census form with his name on it. Banjo is only 5 years old - and besides, he's a cat.

Steve and Carole Shanks, Banjo's master and mistress, also were listed on the census form. They'll fill it out but census officials have told them to remove Banjo's name.Census officials think the cat was added to the list of residents at the rural home in 1988, when census workers went door-to-door to identify rural addresses.