After months of promising us a First Cat of the White House, we may finally be meeting the furry feline.
Among the barrage of white house pet news we received over the past 24 hours was the update on First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s new kitty and when we can expect her arrival.
On December 20, 2021, CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett tweeted,
“I am told the cat — a female — will join the Biden family at the White House in January.”
Press Secretary to the First Lady Michael LaRosa seemingly confirmed the news by retweeting Bennett.
The white house first teased the news of a feline addition to the family back in April 2021 during an interview with the Today Show. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden said,
“He’s waiting in the wings — she, she is waiting in the wings.”
President Biden made it clear that the kitty was not his idea but he was ok with it.
“She is waiting in the wings,” said first lady Jill Biden about a cat joining the White House. pic.twitter.com/6OXvM08oNP
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 30, 2021
But as the months went on, no cat appeared.
The next update didn’t come until September 2021, when Dr. Biden gave an interview with the New York Times. She said,
“The cat is still being fostered with somebody who loves the cat. I don’t even know whether I can get the cat back at this point.”
But it seems like the cat may finally be joining the Bidens after all!
The cat news comes on the heels of the bigger news of Major’s departure and Commander’s arrival.
After a year of struggling to adapt to his new settings, Biden’s rescue German Shepherd Major is now being rehomed.
Major seemed to be extremely stressed and anxious in the white house and even had a few biting incidents. Although the family introduced a variety of trainers to work with Major, the situation didn’t get any better.
LaRosa told The Washington Post,
“After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the First Family has decided to follow the experts’ collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends.”
It’s unclear whether Major will reunite with the First Family after the Bidens leave the white house.
As Major is relieved of his duties as First Dog, German Shepherd puppy Commander has made his debut.
The puppy is a gift from Biden’s brother and sister-in-law for his 79th birthday. The dog is a purebred and thus, most likely not a rescue.
If and when the Biden’s cat finally joins the white house, she will join a long line of kitties who enjoyed the title of First Cat.
The first known cats to live in the white house were Abraham Lincoln’s cats Tabby and Dixie. Lincoln was reportedly given the two kittens as a gift from his Secretary of State. He once even joked that Dixie was “smarter than his whole cabinet.”
Other former presidents to bring cats into the white house include Teddy Roosevelt (Tom Quartz and Slippers), Woodrow Wilson (Puffins), John F. Kennedy (Tom Kitten), Bill Clinton (Socks), and George W. Bush (India), among others.
Although Biden’s presidency has been a series of let-downs for many constituents, we can only hope that Biden will follow through on his promise to give us a First Cat in January 2022.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.