Larry was as relaxed as a pet could be, unlike poor old Humphrey his predecessor as the Downing Street mouser who appeared terrified of Cherie Blair.s I discovered when I used Freedom of Information legislation to get hold of Downing Street’s official files on Humphrey, Whitehall takes its cats very seriously.But it was hardly the first time the occupants of 10 and 11 Downing Street did not see eye to eye.But Larry’s behaviour over the past few weeks suggests that all is not well.His brawl with Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, appears to have been thoroughly nasty and perhaps an indication that he misses his people.hen we crossed the Atlantic to live in America, the idea of leaving Vinnie back in the UK was unthinkable.Ever since an American invaded his personal space and took an i Phone picture of the “cute kitty” he has been terrified of the locals.As soon as he hears an American accent Vinnie dives under the bed clothes for safety.
t is true that Larry had had the odd feline spat before, his ruck with George Osborne’s cat Freya made national headlines.
He came across on the same flight as us and was we drove the little fellow up to Maine from Boston Logan airport.
In many ways Vinnie adjusted to his change in physical surroundings better than we did. But it is pretty clear that we are his people and he is wary of strangers - who he divides into two categories, Brits and Yanks.
he picture of Larry on David Cameron’s lap said it all.
This was one very happy cat with his “person”, who happened to be the prime minister.While wary of British visitors, he will emerge and at least make his presence known, even though he still keeps his distance.