What year did president Clinton and his family adopt their cat socks?

by Michael
(London, UK)

Socks - I cannot attribute this image. Fair use is argued.

Socks - I cannot attribute this image. Fair use is argued.

Question: what year did president Clinton and his family adopt their cat socks? Answer: 1991. Well that is that then...Not quite. I'll add some more dates and information about the life of Socks. Socks lived from an estimated March 1989 to February 20, 2009. His birth date is uncertain as he is an adopted stray as I understand it.

The only child and daughter of the Clintons is Chelsea. When Bill Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas, Chelsea (who was aged 11 at the time) was taking piano lessons under the tutelage of her piano teacher at Little Rock, Arkansas. Her piano teacher was the caretaker of at least two cats, one of which was Socks. I am not sure that he was called Socks at that time - probably not.

We are told that Socks jumped into Chelsea's arms as she was leaving her piano lesson. That sounds like a slight exaggeration but could be true. Perhaps the better description is Chelsea and Socks got on very well which led to his adoption. This tells me that Chelsea is my kind of person. She is a cat person! Or at least a person who is sympathetic to animals.

He was called Socks for the obvious reason that he has white fur on each paw. This is due to the white spotting or piebald gene. The overall pattern of Sock's fur is called "tuxedo" to mirror mens' formal clothes, or he could be described as a black and white cat.

When the Clintons moved into the White House on Bill's election as president, Socks was the number one companion animal - he was the only companion animal until his nose was put out of joint by the arrival of a dog, Buddy, a Labrador Retriever. Socks never adjusted to the presence of Buddy, which led to his release to Bill Clinton's secretary, Betty Currie in 2001 at the end of Clinton's term as president.

Socks developed illnesses in his old age (cancer) and was humanely euthanised at the age of about 20 on February 20, 2009. This was a long and what seems to have been a good life, a famous life; except for that damn dog...

Socks is described by the Wikipedia authors as a "an American Shorthair". I am almost certain that Socks was not purebred and the expression American Shorthair indicates a purebred cat. The better description would be "Domestic Short Hair" (DSL) or an American shorthaired cat. But my thanks to the authors for the info.

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Feb 27, 2011 Declawing is NOT normal
by: Cat

Cats have claws for a reason. Declawing is amputation and it is cruel. It is illegal in many countries for good reason. And according to the European Convention for the Protection of Animal Pets it is prohibited:

"Surgical operations for the purpose of modifying the appearance of a pet animal or for other non-curative purposes shall be prohibited and, in particular:

1. the docking of tails;
2. the cropping of ears;
3. devocalisation;
4. declawing and defanging;"

Source: http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/en/Treaties/Html/125.htm

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated."

~ Mahatma Gandhi'

Please don't declaw! And if you want to do something, check out http://www.pawproject.org/


Feb 02, 2011 Declawing is NORMAL!
by: Marissa

If your cat is an indoor cat it's completelty normal and natural to get them declawed! It's different if it's a barn cat and needs to defend itself!


Feb 02, 2011 Declawing is NORMAL!
by: Marissa

If your cat is an indoor cat it's completelty normal and natural to get them declawed! It's different if it's a barn cat and needs to defend itself!


Feb 02, 2011 Declawing is NORMAL!
by: Marissa

If your cat is an indoor cat it's completelty normal and natural to get them declawed! It's different if it's a barn cat and needs to defend itself!


Apr 28, 2010 Ban declawing !
by: Ruth

Yes shame on the Clintons and on anyone else who puts their cat through the cruel unecessary operation called declawing.

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Apr 28, 2010 Thanks Susan
by: Michael

Hi Susan, thanks so much for that information. I made the post because people search for the year he was adopted. But the information about declawing is shocking.

I would have thought that the Clintons would know better. He has gone down in my esteem dramatically.

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Apr 27, 2010 "Cat De-Clawing"
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Its sad to note that when the highest authority in the World upholds "Cat Declawing" then the rest of humanity would find the same tolerable.
Sad to note that the Clintons had their cat "Socks" declawed hence setting a bad precedent to other cat owners.
As a matter of fact, my cat "Matahari(Wikemedia commons)" had her photo placed instead of "Socks" in one of the articles on "world News" which broadcast the cats demise.
I still wonder as to the reasons people keeping "De-Clawed cats" since, once 'De-Clawed", it becomes totally another "Hybrid cat species"!

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Apr 27, 2010 one horrible fact missing...
by: Susan

the Clintons inhumanely, cruelly, and selfishly had Socks DECLAWED as an older adult when they were at the White House because they were too lazy to train him where and where not to scratch, or trim his nails so they couldn't do damage.

Believe it or not, when the W. Bushes came to the White House with their cats, they humanely wore Soft Paws instead of getting their paws butchered apart by the President! I remember this because one of the cats couldn't adjust to White House living so was sent back to Texas to live with their former pet sitter. Upon arriving in Texas, the cat escaped and was missing for many, many days (17 I think) and when finally found, the only thing wrong with kitty was that one of his Soft Paws was missing!

SHAME ON THE CLINTONS!



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