Rodent Terminator of London:Palmerston

Cats began residing in government offices centuries ago. Instead of rat poison, London’s Foreign Office found the most adorable rodent terminator imaginable: Palmerston. Although Palmerston is named for a prime minister who served twice in the 1800s, he has charisma worthy of Winston Churchill. He’s also left-pawed like Churchill.

Churchill loved and admired his cats but noted that pigs treat men as equals: “Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. But pigs treat us as equals.” Winston Churchill

Palmerston vanquishes several rodents per year and reportedly makes the resident rodent terminator of 10 Downing Street, Larry, look like a slacker. Things get a little hissy when Larry and Palmerston meet so the cats are kept apart.

In fairness to Larry, I should point out that Palmerston works in an office where he is adored and Larry works primarily with dog people.

Not everyone appreciates awesome office cats. But when the question is cats or rats? Most choose cats and it’s one of the best choices they’ll ever make. Palmerston rocks.

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25 Responses to Rodent Terminator of London:Palmerston

  1. Cali W. says:

    I have a cat and he is just like that. 🙂

  2. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the post. The pictures are cute.

  3. Richard Brandt says:

    What an estimable cat! (After watching the movie VALIANT I got curious and looked up the story of the only cat awarded the Dickin medal. Quite a heroic tale if ultimately a somewhat sad one.)

  4. Rosie says:

    What a special cat, and so adored, too. I loved the little story, and every time I see a pig, I’m going to think of Churchill!

  5. 1riakt says:

    cute kitty

  6. Deb P says:

    I had a cat that looked like Palmerston, a handsome cat.

  7. Heather Snyder says:

    Adorable! I love the cats!❤❤❤

  8. Sandra Watts says:

    Cute cat.

  9. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    Oh, what a gentlemen! 🙂 🙂 Love him! 🙂

  10. Carrie Conley says:

    Cute cat and yes they can be terminators

  11. Lindsay A. says:

    AW, Palmerston looks like such a character! I’m reading this post while my sweet tuxedo kitty Ninja is sitting at my feet – she looks just like him, and is also a mighty hunter!

  12. Amber Terry says:

    I love this post…he is so cute and has his own “office” :p

  13. Angelica says:

    Words can’t describe how adorable this is! This special cat made my day! 🙂

  14. Becky Kinard says:

    Beautiful cat! I love cats and have one and her name is Cookie.

  15. Mary Preston says:

    Not just a pretty face.

  16. Alicia Hewitt says:

    Awww I love kitties! I have 5 rescue cats of my own. Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Mike W says:

    nice kitty

  18. shannon fowler says:

    Such a cutie! It looks just like my tuxedo cat. Similar personalities it seems too.

  19. Rita Spratlen says:

    Love your cat!! I have 3 of them and I think it is a great idea to have them around even in government offices!!

  20. Rebecca Gibula says:

    Love Palmerston, so cute!!

  21. Karen H says:

    Such a cute kitty. I don’t have pets and can’t have them in my apartment building, but if I could have a pet, it would be a little kitty just like this black and white charmer.

  22. Stephanie says:

    That’s the cutest exterminator I’ve ever seen.

  23. Sunnymay says:

    Churchill has such an important name for a cat. And he looks out for the betterment of all in regards to decreasing rodents in his territory. With his black and white color, he looks regal like he’s wearing a tux.