The United Kingdom’s most recent former Prime Minister, David Cameron, has admitted to missing Larry – a cat that lives at 10 Downing Street.
Talking at the Oldie of the Year award, where his mother was being awarded a prize when he revealed he missed the territorial puss, The Telegraph reports.
He said: “I do [miss Larry] a bit actually. He had this habit in the morning of being in my chair.
“He was so incredibly relaxed that you couldn’t really move him. Although actually eventually you had to.”
Despite Theresa May giving Larry the cat a somewhat frosty reception in an interview with The Times and hinting she is more of a dog person, Mr Cameron said he is “sure he’s being very well looked after”.
The kitty, nicknamed Number 10’s Chief Mouser, is a rescued stray cat from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home who was chosen by Downing Street staff.
The Downing Street website describes Larry’s duties as “greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defences, and testing antique furniture for napping quality”. It also states that Larry is “contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house” and says that he has told Downing Street that such a solution is still in the “tactical planning stage”.
Larry is a brown and white tabby, believed to have been born in January 2007.
David Cameron has said that Larry is a “bit nervous” around men, speculating that, since he was a rescue cat, this may be due to negative experiences in his past.
According to Larry’s Wikipedia page, Cameron mentioned that Barack Obama is an apparent exception to this fear: he said, “Funnily enough he liked Obama. Obama gave him a stroke and he was all right with Obama.”