These Are the Presidents Who Had Cats in the White House

President-Elect Joe Biden is set to move into the White House after his January inauguration and with him he will bring new policies, his wife Dr. Jill Biden and — a cat. In addition to bringing dogs back into the White House with his two German Shepherds Champ and Major, after four years of a pet-less administration, now news is abuzz that the Bidens will also be bringing along a cat.

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Socks, the Clinton family cat, sits atop the podium in the White House press briefing room on March 19, 1994. JENNIFER YOUNG/AFP/Getty

There is a history of presidential pets in the White House, most notably canine companions. But there have also been a few felines that have called 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home, though not in over 10 years. Not been since George W. Bush, with his pet India, has there been a cat in the White House, but Bush Jr. was not the first president to have a cat. Read on to find out who were America's cat-loving presidents.

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was known as an avid cat-lover. He had two cats while he was in the White House, Tabby and Dixie, and because of his affection toward the four-legged creatures, he would also bring in strays. There are many reports from his contemporaries as well as his wife about the president's love of cats.

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Socks the Cat, the First Pet of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, seated at the tall leather chair behind the President's desk in the Oval Office on January 7, 1994. Courtesy National Archives/ Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images/Getty

Rutherford Hayes

Hayes was the first president to bring a Siamese cat into the White House. The family named her Siam and she was just one of the many animals roaming Hayes' White House including a goat, a mockingbird, cows and many dogs.

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Calvin Coolidge and his family had cats big and small, here the president is pictured with a kitten. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Theodore Roosevelt

The Roosevelt family had multiple pets during their time in the White House — the most out of any president with 23 different animals. One pet was Slippers, a six-toed cat. He also had a cat called Tom Quartz, said to have been named after the character in Roughing It by Mark Twain.

Woodrow Wilson

There were two cats who lived in the White House during Wilson's presidency, Mittens and Puffins. Though these two kittens were certainly not the most famous of Wilson's pets, that would have to go to Old Ike — the president's ram that would graze the White House lawn.

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John F. Kennedy holds his daughter Caroline, and his wife Jacqueline carries the family cat during their last weekend together in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts before the Democratic nominee takes to the road on the Presidential campaign. Getty/Bettmann

Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge had many cats big and small during his time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He had four house cats named Bounder, Tiger, Mud, Tiger and Blacky. He also was said to have had a bobcat as well as two lion cubs given to him by dignitaries from South Africa — named Tax Reduction and Budget Bureau.

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Ronald and Nancy Reagan with their cats on their ranch in Santa Barbara in 1980s. jean-Louis Atlan/Getty

John F. Kennedy

Tom Kitten, the Kennedy's cat, was first introduced to the media in 1961. The cat actually belonged to Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, and because of the president's allergies to it, the cat spent most of its time living with White House staffer Mary Gallagher, though Caroline was able to visit and play with her furry friend when she pleased.

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Susan Ford with her Siamese cat, Shan, who lived with the Fords in the White House. Bettmann/Getty

Gerald Ford

Ford's cat, Shan, actually belonged to his daughter Susan and was Siamese, following in the footsteps of President Hayes. The cat was said to have been an Easter present for Susan before Hayes was elected president.

Jimmy Carter

The Carters had another White House Siamese cat with their pet Misty Malarky Ying Yang. With a name that creative, it's no surprise that it also had a song named after it. Gabor Szabo created an instrumental track called "Misty Malarky Ying Yang." The cat belonged to Carter's daughter, Amy. It would be over a decade until the next cat moved into the White House.

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President Bill Clinton smiles while taking a walk on the White House grounds with the First Pet, Socks the Cat on December 20, 1993. Courtesy National Archives. (Photo via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images). Courtesy National Archives/Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images/Getty

Ronald Reagan

Reagan and his wife Nancy had two cats, Cleo and Sara, who lived on their ranch in Santa Barbara, CA. Though they don't seem to have ever made the move to the big house on Pennsylvania Ave., they are presidential felines nonetheless.

Bill Clinton

Socks, the Clinton's family cat, is one of the most famous presidential cats in history — he even has his own Wikipedia page. The Clintons adopted the cat home in Arkansas before they moved to the White House. Though he was a crowd favorite, there was someone who did not like Socks — the Clinton's dog, Buddy.

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George W. Bush teases his cat Ernie at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. While in the White House, the Bushes' cat, India, gained national fame. Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma/Getty

George W. Bush

This Bush family's black cat, India was also nicknamed Willie and was adopted by George W. Bush when his daughters were young girls. She lived with the family for almost two decades and died just weeks before the Obamas moved in.