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Wednesday 7th September 2011 | 09:15
Larry the Number 10 cat (pictured, below) may be feline* fine, but the cost of his upkeep is clearly an issue among Downing Street staffers.
I hear that Larry will be honoured with an "inaugural, annual" Quiz Night Fundraiser in his honour tonight. The event, held in the State Rooms no less, is an attempt to raise cash to help the hard-pressed staffers at No.10 who have clubbed together to pay Larry's costs.
The PM, somewhat surprisingly, doesn't personally foot the bill for Larry's Kit-e-Kat and other nosh. Instead, staff pay for his grub.
Now, to ease the burden - and make it all a bit more fun - the Quiz Night will be held in his honour. Number 10 is used to hosting similar fundraising quizes but this is the first time it's being done for one of its own. There is even going to be a special cat-themed round of questions in the contest, I'm told. The Prime Minister, who loves a quiz himself (see HERE), may even pop in.
Larry's reputation as a snoozer rather than a mouser continues, however. He can regularly be seen asleep on and under chairs in Downing Street.
Perhaps he's tired out from his nocturnal nookie. For I can also reveal that Larry - wait for it - has a girlfriend.
Maisy, the cat kept at the St James' Park keeper's cottage, has hooked up with Larry. Insiders relate that the PM's moggy goes out all night and spends much of the day sleeping off his exploits. Some even doubt the No.10 spin that he's ever caught a single mouse, let alone rat.
Just wait til IDS finds out about a feckless, lazy womaniser being kept afloat in state-funded housing....
*PAWNOTE: I hope you have all noticed just how few cat puns I've deployed in this blogpost. It could have been much, much worse.
UPDATE: This story is really taking off, folks.
The Royal Parks spokeswoman just sent me this statement:
“The Park Manager confirms that Larry does make trips to visit Maisy. The two appear to be content with each other’s company, sometimes enjoying meals together.
"An occasional mouse has been left on the doorstep, perhaps as a thank you gesture.”
I should also point out that of course Larry has been neutered. But as any cat lover knows, that doesn't mean he lacks a sex drive. At the very least, he and Maisy are an item - platonic or not.
FRESH UPDATE: Just got a hot new pic of Maisy, Larry's new love. That's her in my main headline pic above folks.
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