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- President Joe Biden revealed new information about his 3-year-old cat on Thursday.
- At a Lunar New Year reception, Biden said that Willow sleeps on top of his head at night.
- The Biden family adopted the cat after she jumped on stage at a 2020 campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden hosted the event where the president unexpectedly shed light on the cat’s sleeping habits. Willow is a wild child with “no limits,” and often ends up dozing off on top of his head at night, Biden told the crowd.
“Willow may walk in here any time now. She has no limits,” Biden said at the reception, according to USA Today reporter Joey Garrison. “You think I’m kidding, I’m not. Especially in the middle of the night when she climbs up and lays on top of my head.”
The White House did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for more information about Willow.
The Bidens brought 3-year-old Willow, a gray tabby, to the White House a year ago, after the cat jumped on stage during a presidential campaign stop in Pennsylvania.
“Willow made quite an impression on Dr. Biden in 2020 when she jumped up on the stage and interrupted her remarks during a campaign stop,” FLOTUS spokesman Michael LaRosa told The New York Times last year. “Seeing their immediate bond, the owner of the farm knew that Willow belonged with Dr. Biden.”
It hasn’t been all roses in the Biden animal kingdom, but ultimately, Willow has come out on top.
In September 2021, Willow was briefly in foster care as they tried to acclimate their dog Major to cats, according to The Times.
In December 2021, after Major had several biting incidents at the White House, the dog was sent to live with family friends in Delaware and Willow made her return to the Oval Office.
“After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the First Family has decided … it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends,” LaRosa told The Times in December 2021. “This is not in reaction to any new or specific incident, but rather a decision reached after several months of deliberation as a family and discussions with experts.”
The Bidens also have a German shepherd puppy named Commander who they brought home in December 2022, months after their longtime dog Champ died in June 2022 at the age of 13.
The Clintons also had a cat, Socks, who was walked on a leash. Former President George W. Bush owned a cat named India.