Mews and Nips: A History of the Mysterious Lives of White House Cats


While cat lovers wait with mouse-baited breath to find out whether President and First Lady Biden will adopt a cat to join Champ and Major as First Pets, the Washington Post ran a fun piece this week looking back at the long history of cats in the White House. From Abraham Lincoln’s cats to Socks Clinton, cats from both parties have inhabited the White House for centuries. The article shares wonderful photos and anecdotes, including the time when Mysty Malarky Ying Yang Carter made a grand entrance at a state dinner. Click here to read Who scoops the litter box? Answers to the mysterious lives of White House cats.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we celebrated Valentine’s Day, on Monday, Dr. Lynn Bahr answered reader questions, on Tuesday, we featured adorable handcrafted custom cat ornaments, on Wednesday, Allegra announced that her beautiful face is now available on greeting cards, on Thursday, we shared super soft Sherpa blankets that can be personalized, and on Friday, we reviewed The Spirit of Animal Healing.

In keeping with today’s theme of cats in places of government, today’s video features Larry, who is celebrating 10 years as chief mouser at 10 Downing Street. My favorite part of the video comes at around 1:30, when the policeman knocks on the door so that Larry can go inside. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

4 Comments on Mews and Nips: A History of the Mysterious Lives of White House Cats

  1. Caroline
    February 20, 2021 at 8:56 am (2 months ago)

    Winston is the Biden White House cat and he has his own web site too!

    • Ingrid
      February 20, 2021 at 1:36 pm (2 months ago)

      Well, technically, Winston is the Bidens’ grandcat, and he doesn’t live in the White House. 🙂

  2. janine
    February 20, 2021 at 6:54 am (2 months ago)

    I always enjoy learning about the pets at the white house. I hope the Bidens do adopt a cat.

  3. Sandy Weinstein
    February 20, 2021 at 3:23 am (2 months ago)

    Great article and luv the comments. So great to have pets back in the big house again.


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