Larry has paws under table at No 10
Larry the Downing Street cat appears to have cemented his position in Number 10 despite doubts about his ability to hunt mice and rats.
Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly resorted to throwing cutlery at vermin, raising questions about Larry's commitment to the task.
But, asked about the cat's future, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Larry brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people."
The issue was raised at Downing Street's first press briefing of the week after it was reported at the weekend that a mouse appeared at a recent dinner attended by Mr Cameron, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson.
It is said that the Prime Minister hurled a fork at the rodent but missed, with Mr Duncan Smith left asking: "Where's Larry when you need him?"
Larry was brought in to Number 10 in February to address the growing problem of vermin in Downing Street. The four-year-old tabby was adopted from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home for his "very strong predatory drive".
Mr Cameron has previously remarked that Larry was "a good mouser" and "doing well" in his new home.