Mews and Nips: Larry the Downing Street Cat Celebrates One Year on the Job

Larry the Downing Street Cat

Some cats live more visible lives than others, and Larry the Downing Street cat’s life is more public than most. After a year of ups and downs, including an embarassing report of falling down on his mousing job, Larry celebrated his one year anniversary this week. Catsparella reports that Larry’s celebration included balloons and gifts of knitted mice handcrafted by his adoring public.

Anfield cat

Last week, we reported on another high profile British cat. It is often said that cats have nine lives; this cat appears to have nine stories. After a cat disrupted a soccer game in Liverpool, there were so may different version of the Anfield cat’s story, including three Twitter accounts, all claiming to be the original Anfield cat, it was hard to know what to believe. Life with Cats reports that Shankly, as the cat is now called, is recuperating from an abscess under his chin at the Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre in Liverpool. It appears that Shankly’s soccer gamble paid off: the center will begin taking applications for his adoption in three weeks, after Shankly makes the transition from stray to adoptable pet. And yes, that transition will include being neutered.

cat with books

What goes together better than cats and books? It’s probably the reason why so many independent bookstores have store cats. Mental Floss shows a collection of 25 bookstore cats from around the country.

It’s been a really mild winter here in the Northeast, and you won’t find me complaining. The poor frustrated cat in today’s video didn’t have it quite so easy.

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Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Larry from Flick’r The Prime Minister’s Photostream, photo of Shankly from Life with Cats, photo  of bookstore cat from Mental Floss

9 Comments on Mews and Nips: Larry the Downing Street Cat Celebrates One Year on the Job

  1. alana
    September 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm (6 years ago)

    larry the cat is the best cat they have had at number 10 as he teaches them to chill out a bit.

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  2. Julia Williams
    February 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm (8 years ago)

    Awww, I wish we had a bookstore with a cat, I would live there!

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    • Ingrid
      February 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm (8 years ago)

      I know, Julia – wouldn’t that be purrfect!

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    • Ingrid
      February 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm (8 years ago)

      How did you ever guess, Layla ;-)!

      Reply
  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and
    February 18, 2012 at 11:08 am (8 years ago)

    Oh… that kitty in the video sure gets an “A” for effort!!

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    • Ingrid
      February 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm (8 years ago)

      I know, Deb!

      Reply
  4. Karen
    February 18, 2012 at 8:39 am (8 years ago)

    The Queens Park Rangers FC mascot is a large black cat called Jude – because there was a real black cat called Jude that lived at the stadium (a stones throw from BBC Television Centre) until he died.

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    • Ingrid
      February 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm (8 years ago)

      Jude sounds like a good name for a soccer mascot, Karen!

      Reply

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