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Number 10's cat should be insured

The newest addition to the Prime Minister's staff could set him back around £21 in insurance each month.

Larry, a tabby cat rescued from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, has been appointed by David Cameron to become the official rat catcher of Number 10 Downing Street.

Although he is like to have a streetwise attitude, after having spent time in the rescue home, he may need protection in the form of insurance against the diseases that lurk within his prey.

According to AA Pet Insurance, the clever moggy could be at risk of picking up bacterial infections from the rats he catches; particularly if they sink their teeth into him when he's on duty.

"Larry will need to be on his guard when he's out ratting," said Karen Jakes, the head of the insurance company. "A rat bite can form an abscess in a cat's skin which might not immediately be noticed beneath the fur, but it is likely to become infected. It can be very serious and even fatal if not treated."

As Larry is living in the capital, the costs of insuring him could be around £21 each month; however in order to provide him with the best possible protection, the PM should contact those with entry-level jobs in insurance to arrange cover.

"I wish Larry I long, happy and productive life in Downing Street," Jakes added on "His predecessors were certainly successful mouse and rat-catchers and most of them lived very fulfilled lives."

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