Pence Family Cat Has Died (Photos)

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A cat owned by Vice President Mike Pence and his family has died.

Pickle was 16, the Daily Mail reports.

Second lady Karen Pence made the announcement on Twitter on Dec. 7. 

"We will all miss Pickle, our very chatty, sweet kitty of 16 years," she wrote from the Second Lady Twitter account.

Mike Pence then retweeted it from the official Vice President account. 

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Pickle was rescued 15 years ago has been with the Pence family ever since.

"When we first rescued Pickle 15 years ago, she had been neglected so she was scared and mean and almost never let us hold her," wrote the vice president's daughter Charlotte on Instagram. "When we said goodbye to her last night, she was purring in our arms."

She continued: "Thank you, Pickle, for teaching us about how the power of love and family can change someone. And thank you to God for bringing this one into my life to grow and adventure with me all over the country. Rest In Peace and give your siblings lots of talking-to's in heaven, baby." 

The Pences also had a black and white cat named Oreo, who died in June at age 13. The second lady tweeted the news on that occasion, too, notes Inquisitr. 

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"Rest in peace Oreo," she wrote. "You touched a lot of hearts in your little life. Our family will miss you very much."

The Pence family rabbit, Marlon Bundo, has become something of a celebrity, with its own Instagram account and personal appearances at White House events.

President Donald Trump is on track to become the first commander in chief since Andrew Johnson not to have a White House pet, Inquisitr observes, nothing that most presidents have at least one dog. 

Johnson took office in 1865, upon the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Ironically, assassinated President John F. Kennedy holds the record for number of pets with 21, including horses, hamsters and badgers. 

As for the Pences, Karen Pence is also a big fan of bees, having installed a new beehive at the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

"One out of every three bites of food consumed in the U.S. are made possible with the help of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds and bats," she said.

Former first lady Michelle Obama also likes bees, and had a beehive installed in the White House garden. She used the honey to make tea, snacks and home-brewed beer. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Inquisitr / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Charlotte Rose Pence/Instagram via Daily Mail, Marlonbundo/Instagram via Daily Mail

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