Downing Street's pet cat Larry in 'ill-health' as officials plan protocol in case of chief mouser's death

23 September 2023, 22:06 | Updated: 24 September 2023, 08:23

Downing Street's chief mouser Larry, 16, is in ill-health according to reports
Downing Street's chief mouser Larry, 16, is in ill-health according to reports. Picture: Getty

By Chay Quinn

Downing Street's chief mouser Larry the Cat is in ill-health, reports claim.

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The beloved feline has been poorly for some time according to the Sun on Sunday - with officials being said to be preparing a comms strategy in the case of his death.

It is thought that an official social media post from the Government will announce the sad news.

A Westminster source said: “Larry is much loved not only in Downing Street but across the country.

“No one wants to think the worst, but unfortunately we must prepare for it.”

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Larry is charged with catching Downing Street mice
Larry is charged with catching Downing Street mice. Picture: Getty

Tabby stray Larry is 16 years-old and has been in Downing Street since 2011 - when he was adopted by former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Though intended to be a family pet, he remained after the Camerons left in 2016 and was charged with demousing the Prime Minister's official residence.

Stray tabby cat Larry is 16 years-old - which is around 84 in cat years.

Downing Street’s website states: “Larry spends his days greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defences and testing antique furniture for napping quality.

“His day-to-day responsibilities also include contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house.”

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