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India (cat)

India "Willie" Bush
Species Cat
Breed American Shorthair
Sex Female
Born July 13, 1990
Died January 4, 2009(2009-01-04) (aged 18)
White House
Owner Laura Bush
Appearance black fur
Barbara and Jenna Bush with India, 2008
India the Cat "being very patient" in Halloween costume, 2007

India "Willie" Bush (July 13, 1990 – January 4, 2009) was a First Lady Laura Bush. She lived with the Bush family for almost two decades.

The Bushes acquired India, an all-black, female

Honorary titles
Preceded by
(Chelsea Clinton's
US White House pet cat
January 20, 2001 – January 4, 2009
Succeeded by
  • Official Biography at
  • India at the Presidential Pet Museum

External links

See also

  1. ^ a b c d First Feline' India dead at 18"'".  
  2. ^ a b c Dunham, Rick (2009-01-06). "Dogs overshadow death of Bush family's cat".  
  3. ^ "At Home with History in the White House", Architectural Digest, March 2008
  4. ^ Knoller, Mark (2009-01-05). "Death Of A White House Underdog: The Cat".  
  5. ^ Gillman, Todd J., Bush family cat dies at White House Dallas Morning News, 2009-01-05, retrieved 2009-01-05


India died at the White House on January 4, 2009, at the age of 18.[4][5] In a statement to the press regarding India's death, Sally McDonough, a spokesperson for First Lady Laura Bush, noted that the family was "deeply saddened" by their cat's death.[1] An excerpt of the statement released to the press stated, "India was a beloved member of the Bush family for almost two decades. She will be greatly missed."[1]

The Bush family cat made an appearance in the March 2008 Architectural Digest, as "Willie", in the East Sitting Hall of the White House.[3]

Despite living at the White House with the First Family, India had been largely overshadowed in the media by two of the Bushes' more famous Bush presidency.[2]

[2] in early 2001 following Bush's inauguration as President.Austin in Texas Governor's Mansion from the White House The cat moved with the Bushes to the [2]

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