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5 things to know about Larry the cat, Downing Street's chief mouser

Ahead of the new Prime Minister Theresa May moving into Number 10...

and the confirmation that ‘Larry the Downing Street’ cat will remain as the First Lord of the Treasury’s loyal feline, we have put together some tips for Mr and Mrs May on what they should take into consideration as they move into SW1.

1. Loyalty

As Downing Street is Larry’s territory, Mrs May will need to tread carefully particularly in the first couple of weeks, and indeed the coming months. Larry will set a good example for Mrs May’s new Cabinet and potentially bitter Conservative colleagues. She may think that Larry is Conservative, but he couldn’t possibly comment;

2. Travelling

While cats can be left to entertain themselves more easily than, say, dogs, Larry will expect that Mrs May does not spend too much time across the country or abroad; cats require love and playtime too. Larry may be keen to remind Mrs May that Brexit may have implications for pet passports, so this will need to be a red line in the negotiations in Brussels;

3. Day-to-day politics

While Larry is likely to listen to the likes of the World at One or walk into ministerial meetings or sackings, believe it or not, cats aren’t particularly interested in Westminster politics except, of course, the fisheries policy. Mrs May should therefore leave her red briefcase downstairs when she comes to see Larry at the end of the day;

4. Food and drink

The beer and sandwich of the 1970s or the champagne supernova days of New Labour may be remnants of the past; but Larry will expect quality food to keep him happy and healthy if he’s going to keep Number 10’s mice and rebels under control;

5. Sleep

All that hot air from Whitehall can make everyone a little tired. Mrs Thatcher may have only needed four hours’ kip a night, but cats tend to doze on and off for up to 16 hours a day. Larry may remind Mrs May that after this upheaval, he won’t be welcoming of any future General Elections any time soon.