UK vets advise Downing Street cat to cut down the pounds

Larry the cat appears to have gained some weight over lockdown.
Larry the cat appears to have gained some weight over lockdown. Photo credit: Twitter @PoliticalPics

English government officials are being warned to stop overfeeding Larry the cat. 

The 14-year-old (72 in human years) recently celebrated his tenth anniversary of living at the Prime Minister's residence, 10 Downing Street.

Like many humans across the globe, the English tabby is also being advised he needs to lose some lockdown pounds.

Staff at the Prime Minister's office were given the following message by vets, according to The Mirror. 

"Larry has put on 0.5kg in lockdown so likely too many Dreamies. Please can we reduce these?" 

En route to the vets, Larry was reportedly noisy in the car, however remained calm when having his temperature taken in "a place he wasn't expecting", vets say. 

Despite the diet advice, Larry is said to otherwise be "doing well for an old boy". 

Larry has the official title of 'Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office' which he received after moving into the famous address, shortly after David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010.

He is not the first cat to grace government headquarters, with the original dating back to the 1500s. 

"If anyone is worried his tummy area looks flabby - it is - but only as much as a 72-year-old, so let's not be judgemental," the memo also shares.