Most cats will decide when to wake you up, when petting them is permitted, and they’ll advise you—often loudly—that it’s time for breakfast and dinner. But when something in their environment changes without their approval, their control is threatened. It’s a signal telling them they don’t have as much control as they might think. That revelation is enough to make most cats hate change.

Based on his statement this morning, Larry, the 15-year-old Chief Mouser at 10 Downing Street, is clearly not “most” cats.