Palmerston, U.K.’s top cat diplomat, back at Foreign Office after time off for stress


The U.K.’s foreign pawlicy boss is back in action.  After taking some time away from his “chief mouser” obligations, Palmerston, a black-and-white rescue cat, returned to the U K. Foreign Office on Monday. Advertisement I am happy to announce that I will be returning to my Chief Mouser duties at the @foreignoffice this week! New guidance – the Palmerston Protocols – will govern my care in the FCO to make sure it’s working for me (1/4) pic.twitter.com/j2AFKI0DGN— Palmerston (@DiploMog) December 2, 2019  In a series of tweets, the Foreign Office announced new “Palmerston Protocols” to make sure the cat was happy and healthy inside the government building  In an memo to staff, Sir Simon McDonald, the permanent under secretary and head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign Office, said the cat was not thriving and changes were needed  “It was no longer an environment that was working for him,” McDonald wrote. “He was over-grooming on his front legs, a sign of stress ” [More News] California man now highest-ranking U.S. citizen fighting with terror group: FBI »  On the advice of a vet, Palmerston was moved out of the Foreign Office in the summer and recovered with a member of McDonald’s staff Most Read PHOTOS 40 places in New York where you’re most likely to spot celebrities Bronx boy’s fatal collapse in school lunch line was a homicide caused by mother’s slashing months before, ME says Dwyane Wade defends son’s appearance after family photo  “During his summer holiday, Cabinet ministers, colleagues and overseas visitors have asked me anxiously about his whereabouts,” McDonald wrote “The good news is that Palmerston is coming back this week. But we must remember why he needed a break, and change our behavior towards him  “He is happy, healthy and full of energy. His pelt is glossy and mostly grown back We need now to keep him that way.” Palmerston, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) cat, stalks past 10 Downing Street in front of the waiting media in central London on June 9, 2017 (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images) McDonald said the cat would have less territory to monitor when he returns and would have “full choice and control of who he deigns to greet or imperiously ignores” while on the clock  Palmerston was welcomed back by Larry the Cat, the chief mouser at 10 Downing Street, the home of the Prime Minister  “All I want for Christmas is you!” Larry the Cat tweeted.

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