Cat Days Have Just Begun for Florence and the Machine lead singer

Besotted Florence cuddles Missus.

Besotted Florence cuddles Missus.

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Florence and the Machine’s world famous frontwoman Florence Welch has rehomed a cat from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

The fiery redhead took home tortoiseshell beauty Missus, aged four, after visiting the iconic London animal charity last weekend.

Cat-loving Florence, who famously released her song Dog Days Are Over, on the band's debut album Lungs in 2009, said: "I decided to rehome a rescue cat because I’m at home quite a lot working on my third album and it will be lovely to have a cat around the house again.

"She’ll be a very good writing partner and we’ll probably spend lots of time together."

"I‘ve had two cats before and decided to get a rescue cat because it felt like the right thing to do.

"I always used to see Battersea on my way to school so it was the first place I thought to go to rehome a cat, the only problem is I want to take them all home.

"I would encourage anyone thinking of getting a pet to come to Battersea to see all the beautiful cats here.

"I chose Missus because she was extremely friendly and, straight away, came to sit on my lap where she seemed to make herself very comfortable."

Missus joins a growing list of Battersea cattery residents who have been rehomed by comedians, TV presenters, authors and politicians.

Comedian Alistair McGowan, presenter Lauren Laverne, children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson and, most famously, Prime Minister David Cameron, who rehomed Larry the cat to Number 10 Downing Street, have all taken home a friendly feline.

Battersea - which has been rehoming cats for more than 130 years – launched a Cat Takeover campaign last year to raise awareness that the charity rehomes cats as well as dogs.

The six-month campaign included themed events, late night openings and digital adverts in Waterloo and Green Park tube stations.

The next Cat Takeover event will be Feline Lonely, a dating event on Valentine’s Day at 5.30pm, when there will be cat cuddle booths, match making services and champagne to help animal lovers find their perfect moggy.

For more information visit or visit for more details on the charity’s Feline Lonely event.



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