It may have been almost two decades since a feline has lived at the White House but, as TODAY recently revealed, this may all be about to change thanks to Joe Biden's new cat.
Twitter has previously been alight with feverish feline speculation, including CBS Sunday Morning who teased cat-lovers with the news that the 46th US President was looking to unite cat and dog lovers across the country by bringing a ‘first cat’ with him following his inauguration on 20 January 2021.
In an important White House update - aka an interview with the couple on the TODAY show with Craig Melvin - it's been officially revealed that a cat will take up office alongside their German Shepherds, Major and Champ.
When asked by Craig about a possible cat adoption, Jill Biden replied, "She is waiting in the wings," revealing that the new addition to the famous household will in fact be a female feline.
The moggy will be the first to join the White House since George Bush's cat India, who joined the President in-office between 2001 and 2009.
Much like India, who shared the world's most famous residence with other pets, Joe Biden's new cat will come face to face with mischievous dogs, including Major, who received training following a biting incident.
Fortunately, it turns out the canine also received a bit of secret help handling cats during the process.
"That was part of his training," Dr Jill Biden confirmed. "They took him into a shelter with cats and he did fine."
The First Lady previously revealed to Fox 5 that she would “love to get a cat” as she loves “having animals around the house”.
During the TODAY interview, when asked whether it was the President's own idea to introduce a cat to the house, he joked, "No," indicating he may be more of a dog lover.
It’s been a long-standing tradition for US Presidents to have four-legged furry friends with them at the White House. Donald Trump was the first president in more than 100 years not to have a cat or a dog, or any pet for that matter.
The Biden's dogs moved in with the couple following their inauguration in January 2021, swiftly receiving their very own social accounts on Instagram and Twitter.
We look forward to seeing whether this latest addition to the household will also receive their very own official news accounts.
Ashleigh is Digital Editor on PetsRadar. With over 8 years of experience in print and digital media, she has acted as an editorial lead on a variety of projects, with animal themes a keen interest. As an avid animal lover, you can often find Ashleigh checking out the newest trends in animal care or looking at cute cat videos on TikTok.
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