# The Cat in Charge

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# The Cat in Charge

March 23, 2019

Cats love to chase mice, and love to catch them. That usually doesn’t turn out well for the mouse. But if you don’t want live mice running around your house, then a cat can help you a lot. At 10 Downing Street, where the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister lives, there’s an official job for a cat called Chief Mouser. It’s all pretty simple: the cat lives in the house, and knows what to do without being told. They’ve had an official mouse-catching cat since the year 1515, as house mice were a problem back then too. The cat who was Chief Mouser the longest was Wilberforce, who served for 18 years under 4 Prime Ministers in a row. It must be nice to have a job where all you have to do is eat!

Wee ones: Wilberforce was Chief Mouser for 4 PMs, ending with Margaret Thatcher. How many Prime Ministers did Wilberforce serve before her?

Little kids: If Chief Mouser catches a mouse, how many feet do they have together? Bonus: If Wilberforce served for 18 years. how much longer than your whole life is that?

Big kids: If the Chief Mouser is fed 2 meals a day and also catches 1 mouse every day, how many times does the cat eat in 1 week? Bonus: If the Chief Mouser catches 3 new mice every day, how many mice does the Chief Mouser catch this month? (Reminder: March has 31 days).

The sky’s the limit: We can’t tell you how many mice the Chief Mouser likes to eat each day, but if you multiply that number by itself and add 6, you get 42. How many mystery mice does the Chief Mouser eat?