Cats in the White House

Dogs aren’t the only animals to be dubbed “first” in the White House, as several presidents have had cats in the Oval Office, too. Here is a complete list of the names of all felines that have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Martin Van Buren (D): 8th U.S. President (1837-1841)

Unnamed Tiger cubs

Rutherford B. Hayes (R): 19th U.S. President (1877-1881)


Siam: Siamese

Miss Pussy: Siamese

William McKinley (R): 25th U.S. President (1897-1901)

Enrique DeLome: Angora

Valeriano Weyler: Angora

Theodore Roosevelt (R): 26th U.S. President (1901-1909)

Tom Quartz


Woodrow Wilson (D): 28th U.S. President (1913-1921)


Calvin Coolidge (R): 30th U.S. President (1923-1929)

Budget Bureau: Lion cub

Smoky: Bobcat

Tax Reduction: Lion cub


John F. Kennedy (D): 35th U.S. President (1961-1963)

Tom Kitten

Gerald Ford (R): 38th U.S. President (1974-1977)

Shan: Siamese

Jimmy Carter (D): 39th U.S. President (1977-1981)

Misty Malarky Ying Yang: Siamese

Bill Clinton (D): 42nd U.S. President (1993-2001)

Socks (First Cat of the United States)

George W. Bush (R): 43rd U.S. President (2001-2009)

India “Willie”