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Last Updated: Tuesday January 25 2011 17:16 GMT

Will Prime Minister adopt new Downing Street cat?

Time for the PM to get a cat?

People who work for Prime Minister David Cameron say that they want a cat to help the rat problem at his home.

Rats have been spotted twice live on TV, running around on his doorstep at 10 Downing Street.

On Monday the prime minister's spokesman said here would not be a replacement for Humphrey, the No 10 cat during the 1990s.

Although some staff are keen to get another mouser for the house, no decisions have been made yet.

Crocket the cat
Crocket is looking for a home

Animal charity Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have suggested a possible pet for the Prime Minister - a three-year-old called Crocket.

Head of cats, Kirsty Walker, said: "We have some great cats here at Battersea and any one of them would make a great family pet for the Camerons, not to say ward off any unfriendly rats.

"We are confident Battersea could offer a terrific successor to Humphrey - a coalition cat - the Prime Minister could be proud of."