What do you do when you have a rat problem in your home? While television cameras were filming an event at 10 Downing Street, a rat was spotted in the footage, and there was a general outcry for a MOUSER to move into the Prime Minister’s residence. A search reveals that there has been an “official” cat at 10 Downing Street for years. In fact, some evidence reveals that a cat was kept in the private rooms of Henry VIII with the sole responsibility of ridding the residence of its rodent problem. Well, 10 Downing Street is facing the same dilemma.
David Cameron and his family are prepared to welcome HARRY who comes from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Harry is a 10-year-old tabby who has experience making himself at home as his last job was in a care center which looked after older people. He was known for his affection and curling-up techniques. During the residency of Tony Blair, the cat Humphrey wandered the halls of Downing Street making sure that no small mammal felt comfortable in the Prime Minister’s residence.
During the present crisis, a human mouser was brought in to resolve the problem because it was reported that Cameron was not interested in having a feline flat mate, but very soon there were forces within Downing Street that voted for a mouser as in past eras.
The cat at Downing Street has an official title; he is the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. That’s pretty official, I would say. Look at this history of the feline-in-residence during previous years.
Life in the big city, eh? Even the Prime Minister. I wonder if there is a mouser-in-residence at Buckingham Palace. He would have a field day with over 100 bedrooms to check out.
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