Sybil (cat)

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Sybil, in her employment as the
Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office
Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office
In office
September 2007 – January 2009
Preceded by Humphrey (1997)
Succeeded by Larry (2011)
Personal details
Born 2006
London, United Kingdom
Died Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Sybil (2006 – 27 July 2009) was a cat living at 11 and 10 Downing Street. Named after Sybil Fawlty from the TV show Fawlty Towers, she was the pet of then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling.[1]

Sybil, who was black and white, was the first cat at Downing Street since Humphrey was reportedly removed in November 1997, due to Cherie Blair's aversion to cats.[2][3] In January 2009, she returned to Edinburgh.[4][5] On 27 July 2009, she died in Edinburgh, due to a short illness.[6]


  1. ^ Assinder, Nick (11 September 2007). "No 10 gets new feline first lady". BBC News. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "Trappings of family life threaten Humphrey's patch". Daily Telegraph. London. 6 May 1997. Archived from the original on 27 May 2002. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Prince, Rosa (12 September 2007). "Downing Street gets new cat". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "A Country Life for the No. 10 Cat". The Daily Mail. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  5. ^ McSmith, Andy (29 July 2009). "Farewell to the original New Labour cat". The Independent. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Crichton, Torcuil (28 July 2009). "Darling's cat Sybil dies after a short illness". The Herald. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
Title last held by
Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office
Title next held by