Here's the deal with the cat that used to live with David Cameron

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A cat called Larry is photographed in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, before being taken to Downing Street, in London February 15, 2011. The four-year old tabby cat will join Britain Prime Minister David Cameron and his family in 10 Downing Street, after a rat was recently seen running past the building. REUTERS/Carl Court/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS POLITICS)
A cat called Larry is photographed in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, before being taken to Downing Street, in London February 15, 2011. The four-year old tabby cat will join Britain Prime Minister David Cameron and his family in 10 Downing Street, after a rat was recently seen running past the building. REUTERS/Carl Court/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS POLITICS)
A tabby cat named Larry arrives at his new home of 10 Downing Street in London February 15, 2011. Downing Street has a new occupant -- a street-smart character with a licence to kill. Larry, a four-year-old tabby, has been brought in to the British Prime Minister's residence to clean up a gang of dirty rats who have been openly parading in front of the TV cameras. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS POLITICS)
A tabby cat named Larry looks out a window at number 10 Downing Street in London February 15, 2011. Downing Street has a new occupant -- a street-smart character with a licence to kill. Larry, a four-year-old tabby, has been brought in to the British Prime Minister's residence to clean up a gang of dirty rats who have been openly parading in front of the TV cameras. REUTERS/Mark Large/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ANIMALS)
10 Downing Street's resident cat, Larry, wears a Union Jack bow tie as he's photographed in the Cabinet Room in 10 Downing Street, London April 28, 2011. Downing Street will host a street party tomorrow to celebrate the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William to Kate Middleton. REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS ANIMALS POLITICS)
A police officer walks past Larry the cat sleeping outside 10 Downing Street in London November 15, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ANIMALS)
Larry the Downing Street cat sits under the Christmas tree in Downing Street in central London December 13, 2011. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS POLITICS)
Larry the Downing Street cat walks outside Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain July 8, 2015. British finance minister George Osborne will spell out his plans to reshape the country's economy when he announces the first budget of the new Conservative government on Wednesday. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Larry, the Downing Street cat, scratches the red carpet at the door to number 10 which had been prepared for the arrival of the Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestinian Authority in central London, January 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS POLITICS)
Larry, the Downing Street cat, looks at a visitor while sitting on the red carpet at the door to number 10 prepared for the arrival of the Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestinian Authority in central London, January 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS POLITICS)
Larry, the Downing Street cat, waits to be allowed back in to number 10 in central London, January 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS POLITICS)
Britain's International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, walks past Larry the cat as she arrives to attend a cabinet meeting at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Larry the Downing Street cat is stroked by a police officer on the step outside 10 Downing street in London, Britain, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Larry, the Downing Street cat, waits to be allowed back into number 10 during a rainy day in London September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
Larry the Downing Street cat plays with bunting in the garden of number 10 Downing Street in London June 1, 2012. Four days of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne will start on Saturday. REUTERS/Ki Price (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ANIMALS SOCIETY ROYALS)
Cupcakes with images of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, number 10 Downing Street, Larry the Downing Street cat and the Houses of Parliament sit in a box at a Start-Up Britain event in Downing Street in London, Britain June 23 2015. StartUp Britain is a government-backed enterprise which supports budding entrepreneurs. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Larry the Downing street cat waits to enter number 10, London, Britain September 7, 2015. Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron will address to Parliament regarding the migrant crisis in Europe later on today. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Larry the Downing Street cat lays on the pavement, in central London, Britain July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Larry the Downing Street cat walks past the front door of number 10, in central London, Britain July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Queen Elizabeth II formally accepted David Cameron's resignation as prime minister on Wednesday, paving the way for the next leader of the UK, Theresa May.

"It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve our country as prime minister over these last six years, and to serve as leader of my party for almost 11 years," he said in his farewell speech outside of the official residence of the UK prime minister before heading over to Buckingham Palace.

"And as we leave for the last time, my only wish is continued success for this great country that I love so very much."

Cameron's resignation meant that he and his family needed to immediately move out of the official residence of the prime minister so that May could move in.

But one famous resident of 10 Downing Street will not have to vacate the premise: Larry, the cat.

Larry is the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office — the title of the official resident cat at the UK Prime Minister's residence.

He was adopted from a shelter in 2011, and he spends his days "contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house," according to the UK government's official page on 10 Downing Street.

Amazingly, there has been some sort of cat acting as the chief mouser-slash-pet since the days of King Henry VIII in the 16th century, when a cat was appointed to guard the Treasury.

During the last instance of the Cameron-led Prime Minister's Questions earlier on Wednesday, Cameron addressed rumors that he didn't like the cat.

"It give me the opportunity to put a rumor to rest as well ... the rumor that I somehow don't love Larry. I do, and I have photographic evidence to prove it," he said, according to the Telegraph.

"Sadly I can't take Larry with me, he belongs to the house and the staff love him very much — as do I."

He then tweeted the following photo:

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