Larry, the cat adopted by 10, Downing Street, certainly seems to be enjoying his position, despite being reportedly less than interested in hunting mice and rats.

The animal, which was adopted from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, has failed to chase rodents from Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence. According to a Daily Mail report, Larry either spends his time sleeping or with his new female companion.

Irked by his behaviour, Cameron reportedly threw a silver fork at a mouse running across the floor, at a dinner with Cabinet ministers (Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith and the Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Paterson) last week. Cameron was believed to have thrown the fork and said: "Where's Larry when you need him?"

However, Larry's lack of interest in tackling the rodent problem has not affected his growing popularity among the staff members.

"Larry brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people," said the Prime Minister's official spokesman, when asked about the cat's future.

The four-year-old cat was adopted earlier this year for his "strong predatory drive." The Prime Minister had previously remarked that Larry was "a good mouser" and "doing well" in his new home.