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UK animal rescue center advises Downing Street on cat fights

August 1, 2016
FILE - This is a Wednesday, July 13, 2016 file photo of Larry the Downing Street as he cat sits on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London, after Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron left to face prime minister's questions for the last time . The renowned Battersea Dogs and Cats home Monday Aug. 1, 2016 offered Britain's government a bit of know-how on discouraging cat fights on the doorstep at the seat of power. Battersea says it's offering advice after the resident mouser, Larry, was reportedly captured in a scrap with Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
FILE - This is a Wednesday, July 13, 2016 file photo of Larry the Downing Street as he cat sits on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London, after Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron left to face prime minister's questions for the last time . The renowned Battersea Dogs and Cats home Monday Aug. 1, 2016 offered Britain's government a bit of know-how on discouraging cat fights on the doorstep at the seat of power. Battersea says it's offering advice after the resident mouser, Larry, was reportedly captured in a scrap with Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

LONDON (AP) — The renowned Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is offering Britain’s government a bit of know-how to discourage cat fights on the doorstep of the national seat of power.

The animal rescue center said Monday a feline welfare specialist has been in contact with Downing Street and the Foreign Office after No. 10′s resident mouser, Larry, was reportedly in a scrap with Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat.

Battersea’s Lindsey Quinlan says the cats were chosen “based on their sociable, bold and confident nature.”

But Quinlan says the “downside to these behavior traits is that aggression can sometimes occur when the territories” of the cats overlap.

Battersea says it’s “advisable that Larry and Palmerston have temporary restrictions on their outside access to reduce the risk of them meeting in their early days.”

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