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2nd July 2024

Cats Protection experts have offered advice to help Downing Street’s newest political puss settle into life in the corridors of power.

JoJo – the family pet of new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer – will join an illustrious club of cats to have access to the heart of Government following Labour’s election victory. 

From long-standing No.10 chief mouser Larry to former stray Humphrey, who moved in during Margaret Thatcher’s tenure, Downing Street has a long history of feline residents.

Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow said: “Cats make brilliant pets for people with busy lives, so we have no doubt that rescue cat JoJo will be an excellent addition to No.10. Like all cats, he won’t take on anything he doesn’t want to – but if he can raise a smile on stressful days, he’ll be doing a good job.”

With the prospect of JoJo needing to face his first political hurdle – getting to know Downing Street legend Larry – the charity has issued its top tips on helping cats settle into new homes and routines:

Don’t rush: Introducing new pets to each other takes time. If you want a harmonious cat coalition, take it slowly by not forcing them to spend time together. 

Swap smells: Cats have an incredible sense of smell and would rather get to know each other through scent before they meet face to face. Do this by using a small flannel or blanket to wipe over each cat, and then place near the other cat.

Keep them busy: When their owner takes on a busy job, cats may need a bit more entertainment to keep them amused. Feeding toys are a great way to keep their minds sharp and their bodies fit and healthy.  

Check out The Cat Manifesto: If JoJo could talk, his first task may be to advise the Prime Minister to check out The Cat Manifesto to see what matters most to our feline friends. Read it at

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection Media Office on 01825 741 911, at, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity, helps an average of 157,000 cats and kittens a year through its national network which includes around 200 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.
  2. Cats Protection was founded in 1927 as the Cats Protection League. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity.
  3. Cats Protection is a registered charity 203644 (England and Wales), SC037711 (Scotland) and is listed as a Section 167 Institution by the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (06772997). Registered office National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 7TT
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