Meet Willow, the Bidens' new White House cat

Willow, the Biden's new cat.
Willow, the Bidens' new cat. Photo credit Jill Biden/White House photo.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden announced Friday that the White House has a new resident – a cat named Willow.

According to reports, the 2-year-old gray and white short-haired tabby cat is named after Dr. Biden’s hometown of Willow Grove, Pa. She is from a farm in Western Pennsylvania where the Bidens made a campaign stop in 2020.

“Willow made quite an impression on Dr. Biden in 2020 when she jumped up on the stage and interrupted her remarks during a campaign stop,” said the first lady’s spokesman Michael LaRosa in a news release. “Seeing their immediate bond, the owner of the farm knew that Willow belonged with Dr.
Biden.”

LaRosa said Willow is “settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats and plenty of room to smell and explore.”

In addition to Willow, the Biden household also includes German shepherd Commander, a puppy the Bidens received as a birthday gift from the president’s brother and sister-in-law, James and Sara Biden late last year. Their 13-year-old German shepherd Champ passed away over the summer and they also rehomed Major, a shelter dog they adopted in 2018.

Major made headlines for several biting incidents before he was sent to live in a quieter environment with family and friends.

According to The Washington Post, Willow will be the first cat to live in the White House since President George W. Bush’s cat India. While more than 100 dogs have lived in the White House, only around a dozen cats have been kept as presidential pets. President Abraham Lincoln was the first president to keep cats as pets. He fed his with the White House’s gold forks.

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