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Bidens getting a cat at the White House

The Biden dogs, Champ and Major, will soon be getting a feline sibling.

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden confirmed in a Friday interview that they are planning on welcoming a cat to the White House.

“He’s waiting in the wings,” the first lady said, before correcting herself on the future first kitty’s gender, stressing, “She’s waiting in the wings.”

After NBC News’s Craig Melvin asked if adopting a cat was the president’s idea, he replied with a smile, “No, but it’s easy.”

Major, the younger of the Bidens’ two German shepherds, has made headlines following multiple biting incidents. A White House spokesman said earlier this month that the dog, which the Bidens adopted from the Delaware Humane Association, would receive “private training” away from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to help him adjust to life in the executive mansion.

When questioned in the NBC interview — conducted Wednesday following the president’s first address to a joint session of Congress — about how Major would contend with a cat, Jill Biden replied, “Well, that was part of his training.”

“They took him to a shelter with cats and he did fine,” she said.

Biden told reporters Friday the new first pet would arrive “pretty soon” but it is “not yet” at its new Washington digs.

The first lady had hinted before that she and her husband might add a furry family member to the mix. Last year she said in a TV interview, “I’d love to get a cat.”

“I love having animals around the house,” she added.

The White House hasn’t had a feline resident in more than a decade. Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush had a cat named India that died in January of 2009, just before they moved out.

Updated at 10:50 a.m.

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