Larry the Cat sits outside 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 as the first cabinet meeting since Liz Truss was installed as British Prime Minister was taking place. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Larry the cat was alleged to be in ill health over the weekend – but No.10 has now claimed otherwise, leaving fans delighted.
The Sun reported on Saturday that Downing Street was starting to fear for Larry, as he has “been in poor health for some time”.
Government officials were even reportedly working out how to break the news if the stray tabby were to die, and decided they would reveal the tragedy on social media.
However, a Downing Street spokesperson has since told ITV News: “I would say he is happy and healthy.”
The unofficial X (formerly Twitter) account for the pet also chimed in on Sunday, sharing a BBC News clip where he stars in the background and adding the caption: “Thought I’d best make an appearance on BBC News to reassure you all that I’m alive and kicking x”
Thought I’d best make an appearance on BBC News to reassure you all that I’m alive and kicking x https://t.co/VWZ17ETQYG
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) September 24, 2023
The 16-year-old (meaning he’s around 84 in cat years) feline was adopted from Battersea by No.10 back in 2011 and was meant to be a companion for David Cameron’s children.
However, it turned out Larry was more attached to places than people, and so he has just never moved out from Downing Street.
Having been there for 12 years now, he is No.10′s longest ever occupant.
He has seen four prime ministers come and go in the UK’s most powerful address, and now lives with Rishi Sunak – and his red fox Labrador retriever Nova.
The Downing Street website even has a section about him which reads: “Larry spends his days greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defences and testing antique furniture for napping quality.
“His day-to-day responsibilities also include contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house.”
So, after that health scare, here are nine tweets to celebrate Larry’s nine lives:
Rest assured folks @Number10cat is fine. He's even eyeing up the custodian's tesco shop. sorry for badly cropped 1st pic, was taken on phone and had little time before he wandered off. Pic 4 shows a patch where has a cyst treated (due to old age, not serious) pic.twitter.com/cYEDwbuCib
— Justin Ng (@justin_ng) September 24, 2023
Larry the cat is the only redeeming quality of this government I swear to god https://t.co/pSM0cu2gE2
— Zoe Emma (@ZoeEmma1994) September 24, 2023
Larry the cat has probably been a more constant friend to the press than the entire political staff at No.10 https://t.co/0Uf11Hnc8N
— Cantik's & Manis's Uncle (@theViscountBP) September 25, 2023
JUST SEEN LARRY THE CAT ON LIVE TV HE’S OKAY PALS
— Orly (@orlajtarn) September 24, 2023
I’m not kidding, Larry the cat is my Captain Tom, my Queen Elizabeth. If something happens to him I will lose my god damn mind. https://t.co/agCZchWaNl
— Laura Parrott (@LauraParrott) September 24, 2023
Drone light show of Larry the Cat on New Years Eve
— Public Benjamin (@PublicBenjamin) September 24, 2023
Dunno if I’m emotionally stable enough to handle the death of Larry the cat #prayforlarry
— Kate 🎷🦕 (@audit_cat) September 24, 2023
Very relieved to hear this; I have, however, taken the liberty of composing a Latin epitaph for when - I hope, long years hence - he departs for the great purrafter.
Larry the Cat 'happy and healthy' after reports that he was seriously unwell | ITV News https://t.co/jxN3CcfCpV
— Ed Clarke (@ClarkesLatin) September 24, 2023
If Larry the cat dies do we get a bank holiday
— Daniel (@danielgilbert) September 24, 2023