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Siberian tomcat to replace Connie as Kremlin pet

MOSCOW, March 17 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian tomcat will move into the Kremlin when his owner Dmitry Medvedev is sworn in as president in May, replacing the outgoing leader's Labrador, Connie.

Dorotheus, a blue-eyed Siberian colorpoint, is an independent-minded and quiet creature. However, he once had a serious fight with a cat that belonged to Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader who at one time lived next door to the Medvedevs, Moskovsky Komsomolets said.

Dorotheus, now four years old, was defeated and had to be treated with antibiotics for over a month. Worse still, he had to be castrated to stop him prowling and looking for more fights, the paper said.

Fed with expensive pet food and fresh meat, the cat feels very much at home at the Medvedevs.

Once, when the couple and their guests went to the dining room for dinner, they found Dorotheus peacefully sleeping on one of the porcelain dishes served for the reception. Such episodes only amuse his owners, the daily said.

Leaders' pets are often in the media spotlight. President Vladimir Putin, for example, was often shown receiving foreign leaders in the company of his dog, Connie.

U.S. President George W. Bush is known to adore his Scottish terrier, Barney.

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