Freya (cat)

Freya (born c. April 2009) is a tabby cat owned by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom George Osborne and his family.

Freya
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Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office
In office
16 September 2012 – 9 November 2014
Serving with Larry
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded bySybil (2009)
Succeeded byLarry
Personal details
Bornc. April 2009 (age 11)
London
OccupationMouser
GenderFemale
Owned byGeorge Osborne
NamesakeFreya

Freya went missing from the Osbornes' house in Notting Hill when she was just a few months old, and after searching West London for her, the family assumed she had died or had become lost. In June 2012, Osborne's wife received a call telling her that Freya was alive, and the family brought her home. In September 2012, Freya shared the role of Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office with the Downing Street cat Larry. In November 2014, Freya was retired from the position to the Kent countryside.

BackgroundEdit

Freya is a tabby cat owned by former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and his family.[1] In 2009, when Freya was a few months old, she went missing from the Osbornes' house in Notting Hill.[citation needed]

In early June 2012, Frances Osborne received a call telling her Freya was alive and living in a garden near her family's former Notting Hill house.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

On 16 September 2012, Nigel Nelson from The People reported the Prime Minister David Cameron had sacked Larry from his position as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office and installed Freya instead.[2] Nelson revealed that Cameron had become fed up with Larry's laziness.[2]

Cameron decided to replace Larry when he refused to move from his chair to chase a mouse on September 13.[2] Nelson explained, "The final straw came on Thursday when Mr Cameron caught Larry cat-napping on his chair in his No.10 study as another mouse scurried across the room. When he tried to wake Larry to do his duty one eye opened but the moggy wouldn't budge."[2]

Cameron drafted in Freya to patrol Numbers 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street as she is a "tougher" and a "more street-wise predator."[2] Freya was reported to be the more dominant cat over Larry and a more effective mouser, reportedly because her days as a stray had "hardened" her.[3]

 
Freya at number 10

Freya has become one of 100,000 cats employed by the Government to keep the number of mice down.[4] On 16 October 2012, police had to break up a fight between Larry and Freya outside Number 10. Rosa Prince from The Daily Telegraph reported that Freya "appeared to have the best of the confrontation".[5] The Prime Minister's spokeswoman stated that Freya and Larry were able to "co-exist" and added that she would not comment further on the two cats' adventures.[6]

In May 2014, Freya strayed over a mile from Downing Street and had to be rescued and returned by a charity worker.[7] In August 2014, Freya was hit by a car in Whitehall and was subsequently treated by a vet. George Osborne said he was "very grateful" to those who came to the aid of his pet.[8] Following these events, Freya was sent to the Kent countryside to allow her to exercise her desire to roam.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Dearden, Lizzie (9 November 2014). "George Osborne's family cat Freya sent away from Downing Street to Kent". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Nelson, Nigel (16 September 2012). "Larry the Downing St cat shunted by PM for being a useless mouse catcher". The People. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  3. ^ Parkinson, Justin (16 October 2012). "Downing Street denies Cameron and Osborne cat feud". BBC. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  4. ^ Oldfield, Molly; Mitchinson, John (11 June 2012). "QI: Quite interesting facts about cats". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  5. ^ Rosa Prince (16 October 2012). "Police called to break up violent cat fight in Downing Street". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  6. ^ Parkinson, Justin (16 October 2012). "Downing Street denies Cameron and Osborne cat feud". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  7. ^ "George Osborne's cat rescued by homelessness worker". BBC News. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Chancellor George Osborne's cat Freya hit by car". BBC News. Retrieved 30 July 2015.