Bidens welcomes a cat named Willow to the White House

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have finally added the long-promised cat to their family of pets.

Her name is Willow and she is a 2 year old gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania.

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

Jill Biden said after Joe Biden was elected in November 2020 that they would bring a kitten to the White House, but his arrival was delayed. Last month, the White House said the cat would come in January.

The first lady named Willow after her hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

The short-haired tabby made an impression on Jill Biden after she jumped on stage and interrupted her remarks during a 2020 campaign stop in Pennsylvania, LaRosa said.

Willow, the Biden family’s new pet cat, is walking around the White House on Wednesday.Erin Scott/Associated Press

“Seeing their immediate connection, the farm owner knew Willow belonged to Dr. Biden,” he said.

The White House hasn’t had a feline resident since India, President George W. Bush’s cat.

Willow joins Commander, a German Shepherd puppy that Joe Biden presented in December as a birthday present from President James Biden’s brother and his wife, Sara.

The Bidens had two other German Shepherds, Champ and Major, in the White House before Commander.

But Major, a 3-year-old rescue dog, started behaving aggressively after arriving in January 2021, including a pair of bites. The White House had said Major was still adjusting to his new home and was sent back to the Bidens’ home in Delaware for training.

The Bidens, after consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists and veterinarians, decided to follow the experts’ collective recommendation and send Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends, LaRosa said the month last.

Willow, the Biden family’s new pet cat, is walking around the White House on Wednesday.Erin Scott/Associated Press

Champ died in June at the age of 13.

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