British Government Employs Yet Another Cat

Gladstone the cat will be working for the Treasury as a mouse catcher, after beating out inexperienced humans.

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Gladstone on his first day as Chief Mouser of the Treasury. Via treasury_cat/Instagram
Cari Jorgensen

Gladstone the cat, who declined to make any formal comments to Petcha except for “meow” (loosely translated: “no comment”), is newly employed with the Her Majesty’s Treasury, making him the third feline to be on the British government’s payroll.

Gladstone’s acceptance of the job comes after Freya, the cat who formerly held the position, was exiled to the countryside, after police were forced to break up a fight between her and Larry, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, The Telegraph reports. Presumably a meeting with Human Resources led to Freya’s dismissal. We hope she got a nice severance package and some good referrals.

After several humans were turned down for the position — let’s face it, cats are better at catching mice than we are — Gladstone applied via his placement agency, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. It should be noted that the London organization has also placed many other cats and dogs in loving homes and workplaces, including Larry, who resides at No. 10 Downing Street.

The moment that @batterseadogsandcatshome released me to my new home. Luckily, I’m not camera shy. ??

A video posted by Gladstone (@treasury_cat) on

“We are thrilled that Gladstone has now taken up residence in the Treasury and have high hopes that he’ll be ready to take on the rodents of the Horse Guard Road offices,” Battersea’s Lindsey Quinlan told The Telegraph. “He’s a confident cat who absolutely loves people so he’ll have to tear himself away from his cat cuddles to get down to business becoming a marvelous mouser.”

Not only does Gladstone have to prove his skills as chief mouser for the Treasury, he has to start his job in the middle of a turf war. Larry and Palmerston, mouser of the Foreign Office, have been fighting for territory of the No. 10 steps. You know how it is when coworkers are vying for the same position (or corner office) — the fur flies! And in this case, according to The Telegraph, the arguments resulted in a trip to the vet.  

Will Gladstone join #teamlarry or #teampalmerston or will he simply stay out of it completely? It’s a difficult decision for a new employee to make. Only time will tell.

In the meantime, we are left with these questions: What cat will be hired next? Will it be a member of the Parliamentary staff? And how are so many cats getting jobs in the British government? Petcha wants to know.

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