A few weeks ago, all eyes were on one of the greatest politicians the United Kingdom has ever had – Larry the cat. Appointed in 2011, Larry took up the office of Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, taking over from his predecessor Sybil the cat. But these aren’t the only cats who have been involved in politics…
1. Limberbutt McCubbins
With his strong campaign slogan – “meow is the time”, Limberbutt McCubbins ran for the Democrat presidential nomination in 2015 against Hillary Clinton. He made some strong promises, stating, “I, Limberbutt McCubbins, promise to work my hardest for every American. If elected as your president, I will create millions of jobs in the fireworks sector to annoy those dogs who are ruining our economy. God bless and what not. Here’s to another year of American supremacy.” Unfortunately, Limberbutt failed to gain a nomination.
In 2016 Southampton University Student’s Union AGM passed a motion by 176 votes to 86 making SUSU the cat honorary president of the Student’s union.
The Student newspaper Wessex Scene commented "Susu is the perfect example of a student - naps, snacks, and wanting affection."
"Initially too timid to enter the building, her confidence grew and she's been living in the union ever since."
Morris the cat stood in the Xalapa, Mexico, mayoral elections in 2013. While he didn’t win, he placed fourth with 12,000 votes. An impressive feat considering there were 11 candidates.
Morris pledged to rid the city of corrupt political “rats” and paved the way for disgruntled citizens to protest the ruling political elite.
For 19 years, Stubbs the cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. Though he is a demanding politician, insisting that his water is served to him in a wine glass laden with catnip, residents are extremely happy with his policies.
“He doesn’t raise our taxes – we have no sales tax. He doesn’t interfere with business. He’s honest,” says resident Lauri Stec.
5. Tuxedo Stan
Stan stood for Mayor in Halifax, Canada. According to his website, he had a single platform – “to improve the welfare of homeless, abandoned and suffering cats in Halifax Regional Municipality.”
He even earned the endorsements of celebrities such as Anderson Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres.
Sadly, Stan died in 2013 from Kidney cancer, aged three. But he left a legacy, including a $40,000 grant in his name from the Halifax city council to the local SPCA.