Munich Mouser

Munich Mouser was a cat who served as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.[1]

He served under Neville Chamberlain from 1937 to 1940, and also under Winston Churchill in 1943. He therefore served in the role at the same time as Peter, who was Chief Mouser from 1929 to 1946.[1]

The name "Munich Mouser" was a nickname given by Churchill due to his perception of the agreement signed by the cat's owner, Chamberlain, and Hitler – the Munich Agreement.[1]

When Churchill succeeded Chamberlain as Prime Minister, Churchill brought his own cat, Nelson, with him. These two cats "had a rivalry", which has been compared in the media to that between Larry and Palmerston.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c Craig, Jon (28 December 2016). "Political cats: Who really runs the country?". Sky News. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  2. ^ Riley-Smith, Ben (27 December 2016). "Forget Larry and Palmerston, the original Number 10 cat rivalry revealed: Nelson vs The Munich Mouser". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  3. ^ Day, Christopher (2016). Larry, the Chief Mouser and other official cats. Stroud: Pitkin Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84165-761-5. OCLC 983197736.
Preceded by
Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office
Succeeded by