Recent reports from Britain’s House of Parliaments state a problem with the growing population of rats and an urgent need of feline protection. The solution would be an impractical number of cats. As the historical building is too extensive for only one or two animals to do the job.
The cat scheme has already been taken into “full and proper consideration” by the authorities. As lawmaker John Thurso announced to the lower House of Commons on Thursday, there were “very clear practical and technical difficulties” with the suggestion. Because as he reported, a “herd of cats” running wild would be insufferable to manage.
MP Anne McIntosh has made out calls to local London animal shelter to take in rescued cats to finally tackle the rat plight. “The mice population is spiralling out of control – particularly in areas where food is being prepared, which obviously poses a clear health hazard,” she asserted.
McIntosh insists that if parliament cannot keep felines resident, another alternative would be unleashing one at night to prowl around the building. To this proposition she added: “One would think it would be perfectly sensible to introduce a cat to keep the mouse population down…”.
But Thurso objected that this plan would still pose great complications: “Given the scale and size of the estate it would be necessary to have a great number of cats to make any real impact. Having a herd of cats on the parliamentary estate would present a number of difficulties,” he declared.
This is not the first time British authorities resort to cats to handle their rodent matters. Back in 2011 a rat was spotted in two television news programs scampering around the famous black door of the prime minister’s residence. Measures were taken by the British Prime Minister David Cameron who brought a rescue cat called Larry into Downing Street.
However, Larry’s effectiveness has been questioned. Downing Street reports the nation sends him gifts and treats daily, but he occupies most of his time “testing antique furniture for napping quality”.
Resident mice-fighting cats have been members of Downing Street since the 1920s. Some of them have even gained the title of “chief mouser to the Cabinet Office” and put on state payroll.