The current First Cat, India Bush, passed away on January 4 in the White House, and Bill Clinton’s former cat, Socks, is nearing the end of his ninth life.
India was 18 years old and had been with the Bushes since she was a kitten. An obituary finally confirmed that India was female, although they billed her as “Willard” in her nemesis Barney’s last Christmas video, where she appeared in one scene and was ignored by everyone but daughter Barbara.
The official word is that the whole Bush family is “deeply saddened” by the passing of their “beloved” cat, whom they usually referred generically to as “Kitty.”
Yeah, you can really feel the grief.
Former First Cat, Socks Clinton, who’s anywhere from 18 to nearly 20, was recently diagnosed with cancer of the jaw and is said not to have much time left. His current owner, Betty Currie, opted not to put Socks through invasive tests and treatments because he has other medical issues and his weight is already way down.
With the Obamas about to install another dog in the White House, this is a very disheartening time for all American Domestic Shorthairs.
(Update: Here are several very good photos of India.)