The story of Larry the Downing Street Cat

On the 15th February 2011, a white and tabby moggie called Larry arrived at 10 Downing Street to take up his post as 'chief mouser'.

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  1. When a rodent was spotted scuttling around the office of the Prime Minister, Downing Street staff wanted to find a cat that was a good hunter and who fitted in with the busy Number 10 lifestyle.

    Several cats were shortlisted by staff at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home but Larry was recommended as the best match. When Downing St staff met him they knew he was the right choice.

  2. After arriving in an animal ambulance from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on 15 February 2011, Larry soon got settled in. He's allowed to roam freely around most of the house and has full access to the garden.

    This photo shows him on the steps of the famous yellow staircase soon after arriving.
  3. Larry on the stairs at 10 Downing Street
  4. You can take a tour of Downing Street too. Visit the Number 10 website:
  5. Larry's Downing Street life is a far cry from his life as a younger cat. He was found roaming the capital as a stray and brought to Battersea in early January 2011.

    Because he wasn’t microchipped or wearing a collar and tag, Battersea staff had no way of knowing his exact history but it's assumed he had been living rough for some time. 

    But now Larry is one of the most famous felines in Britain.

    This photo shows him sitting on the Cabinet table, usually occupied by ministers. He is wearing a special bow tie to celebrate the Royal Wedding on 28 April 2011.

  6. And in February 2012, to celebrate a year in post, a tea party was held in Larry's honour. Here, Larry practices his dance moves before guests arrive.
  7. Practising dance moves ahead of the party
  8. And here he waits for his special guests from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. He hadn't seen the team who rehomed him to Number 10 for a year.
  9. And after his party he curled up with his new knitted mice, gifts from his friends at Battersea.
  10. If you're interested in adopting a cat like Larry, visit the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home website:
  11. Larry has been Chief Mouser at Downing St for a year