Baby (cat)

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Baby, April 2022.
2nd Guardian of the Imperial Residence
In office:
4 April 2017 – present
Preceded by: "Edd" Hyerdunscar's Notorious Edd of Carothan
Succeeded by: Incumbent
Personal information
Sire: Charlie Chan
Dam: Tilly Rose
Born: 18 October 2016
Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK w:United Kingdom
Residence: Imperial Residence, Wrythe, Austenasia Austenasia

Baby (also known simply as the Cat) is a pet cat owned by the immediate Imperial Family of the Empire of Austenasia, and the incumbent Guardian and Chief Mouser of the Imperial Residence. Born to two cats owned by a friend of Emperor Father Terry, Baby permanently moved to the Austenasian capital of Wrythe as a pet of the Imperial Family on 10 December 2016.

Baby lived with Edd, the Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff, before his death on 4 April 2017. Despite Edd's large size, he got along well with Baby due to his very gentle temperament.

Crown Princess Caroline insisted the kitten be named Rose in honour of Edd's predecessor as Mascot, but opposition to this idea from Emperor Jonathan I led to an unhappy compromise being reached of "Rosie" as the kitten's official name; controversy remained, however, over what the kitten should be called, with several nicknames (the most popular of which, suggested by Princess Consort Hannah, was "Lolly") having been suggested and "the Cat" used more often than not simply to avoid arguments. Although a formal decision was never made, by late March 2017 the nickname of "Baby" had become adopted for all intents and purposes as the cat's name.

On 23 December 2016, Jonathan I gave Baby the title "Defender and Chief Mouser of the Imperial Residence", and upon Edd's death the following year she became his successor as Guardian of the Imperial Residence.