Battersea answers MPs’ calls for Westminster cat
As yet another MP calls out for help to sort out Westminster's growing mice problem, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home revealed today that not only would it be willing to rehome Battersea cats to the Palace of Westminster, but the charity actually made the offer last year.
So Battersea, who rehomed Larry the cat to Downing Street in 2011, has now drawn up a list of top mousers for Westminster to consider and is standing by for a call.
Pauline Latham, MP for Mid Derbyshire, is the latest parliamentarian to speak out in favour of Battersea's feline friends coming to their rescue, after a recent request for a debate on the damage caused to parliamentary offices in the House of Commons. And last year Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton, also raised the issue with the Leader of the House Andrew Lansley MP.
The charity has rehomed cats for over 130 years and cares for around 190 cats at any one time across its three centres in London, Berkshire and Kent and they've already received strong support from MPs asking for help to tackle the problem at Westminster.
Anne McIntosh MP, chair of the House of Commons EFRA Select Committee, says: "I am thrilled and delighted to work closely with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. In my view, provided the situation was controlled with care, particularly considering the welfare of those allergic to cats, the best way to control and eliminate the mouse problem in Parliament would be a rescue cat."
According to parliamentarians, sightings of mouse colonies are common in Westminster and MPs have reported droppings and nibbled corners on official documents.
Pauline Latham MP says: "Battersea Dogs and Cats Home do a fantastic job, and I would certainly love to have one of their cats come and take care of the mouse problem in my office."
Battersea's list of skilled moggies, ready to serve their country and catch the squeaky squatters is looking impressive. So here's a few of their feline furries who could be in the running to be Chief Mouser:
Age: Three years
Skills: With years of experience exterminating mice in her last home, Jill will slink through the quiet corridors of Westminster with her black silky coat, like a shadow in the night. Jill hopes to tackle mouse immigration in the House of Commons.
Age: Four years
Skills: A confident boy who will pounce on anything that moves, this feisty feline will make mice meat out of MPs' furry critters. Finn would like to promote equal rights for cats and dogs in the long standing debate for equality.
Age: One year
Skills: Bloom has a cheeky and cunning side and is ready to break up the mouse party in the House of Commons. This strong leader has been sharpening her claws on global economic policies ready to show just how it's done.