As Theresa May, our new Prime Minister, moves into 10 Downing Street, she'll be welcomed by a team of household staff, press photographers and....Larry.
Larry is no. 10's resident cat and has been living at the Westminster residence for more than six years, taking up the role as chief mouser. Theresa May will have to become accustomed to seeing the four legged feline padding around the London residence and it brought a thought to mind.
Moving into a new home where a cat is already ruling the roost is not something that happens on a regular basis, however, it could happen. Therefore, I'm here to offer some feline tips to anyone who is facing a similar situation... including Theresa May.
Bonding is essential
Play fighting with your cat is a great way to strengthen the bond between the two of you, however try to remember that as they get older, their scratches and bites will be a lot stronger, and in all likelihood they'll still see your hands and socks as good targets to pounce on.
Watch out for their hunting skills
As they grow and their hunting skills improve, cats have even been known to ambush their owners as they walk in the door, or while owners absent-mindedly tap their feet on the sofa. Larry's honed hunting-instincts as chief mouser are clearly evident so we'd recommend the new Prime Minister purchases a teaser or a feather tail mouse, so that he is entertained by that rather than Mrs May's fingers and toes.
Make your cat feel secure
Fear of invasion by another cat is the main cause of cat stress, so it's important to make sure that your cat's food and bed areas are kept clear of overwhelming smells.
Larry is going to have to face a lot of changes when the new residents move in so it's important to ensure he doesn't think any other cats are set to intrude on his territory, letting Larry have the run of the house when moving in means he can explore and satisfy his concerns.
Scratch toys are perfect for keeping your cat occupied and the new PM could try and make Larry associate her arrival with happiness by buying him a scratch post or scratch and play centre. It's a win-win as Larry will have fun with his new toys and 10 Downing Street's furniture will stay in tip-top condition.
Make them feel loved
Finally, above all else, cats should be given plenty of love and affection to make them feel secure, safe and loved.
In addition, I also have a top tip for Theresa May herself. It's a well-known fact that having a pet reduces stress and anxiety levels. In fact, stroking a cat lowers blood pressure and can help you quickly feel calmer. I am sure that there will be moments during her time in office that will push her stress levels to the limits, so when stress strikes, turn to Larry!