The family of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews expressed their sadness at farewelling their beloved cat Felix, who died this week.
Mr Andrews’ wife Catherine took to Twitter to reveal the death of the pet who she said had lived a long life.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we have farewelled our beautiful old boy Felix today,” Ms Andrews said.
“He had a very long life for which we shall be forever grateful. We will never forget his gentle nature and special ability to comfort and love us when we needed it most.”
Twitter users expressed their condolences, with many relating to the experience of losing a family pet.
“They’re such huge parts of our lives and members of our households,” one user said.
In 2018, another of the Premier’s cats, Smokey, was reunited with the family after going missing for 18 months.
Mr Andrews said his three children had given up hope of finding Smokey and were elated to see her return home.
The RSPCA had found Smokey a few suburbs from the Andrews’ house “shaken up but unhurt” and identified her using a microchip.
“Who was ultimately responsible for reuniting our family with its youngest, smallest, furriest member? The RSPCA,” Mr Andrews said at the time.
Bit of a story. This is the very moment when our kids were reunited with Smokey the cat. It was a total surprise. The cat had gone missing months and months earlier. They’d given up hope – and they had no idea what was in that box. pic.twitter.com/UsU4xdcUnJ
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) February 5, 2018