President Obama Meets Larry, the British Prime Minister's Cat

President Obama Meets Larry, the British Prime Minister's Cat
Larry, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron (center)

06/17/2011 AT 05:00 PM EDT

Cowboy diplomacy, ping-pong diplomacy ... kitty cat diplomacy?

In a subtle yet notable gesture of goodwill, President Barack Obama greeted the British Prime Minister David Cameron's housecat, Larry, during a visit to London last month.

The 4-year-old tabby, who was first adopted to fill the crucial position of mouser, has lived with Cameron and his family at 10 Downing Street since earlier this year.

It took a few months for Larry to get used to his role – he seemed to be enjoying his comfortable new home more than he was his mouse-catching job – but he did settle into it eventually.

And while Larry acted a bit shy during the meeting, the President openly expressed his admiration for Bo's across-the-pond counterpart.

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