Mexico’s Latest Fixed Assets are Feline


It’s so encouraging how Mexico’s views regarding companion animals are changing. For a very long time cats have been hanging around the lush grounds at Mexico’s Palace in Mexico City. Never mistreated, the cats aren’t fearful of humans, though they greatly keep some distance, they are seen by Palace visitors and sometimes in the background at press events.

Now, the palace cats have made hiss-tory after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declared them to be “fixed assets.” They are the first animals to receive this title.

The investment term “fixed assets” usually applies to buildings and furniture, but by applying it to cats, López Obrador’s government has obligated the country’s Treasury to give them food and care for them for the rest of their lives, even after the President leaves office in October.

Hopefully, as the President and Government make this official gesture, this attitude will engender Mexican citizens to respect cats more. Having said that, when you walk into an urban pet store in Mexico there are about as many and maybe more choices for cat trees, litter boxes and cats toys than anywhere in the U.S. Yes, it’s all changing for the better for cats in Mexico.

“The cats are now a symbol of the National Palace. Just as we understand this world, I wouldn’t understand the National Palace without the presence of these cats,” said Adriana Castillo Román, general director of the National Palace and Cultural Heritage Conservancy. “We have to make sure the cats are taken care of.”

All the cats have had names for years. An orange tabby is called Bowie named after music icon David Bowie, who visited the palace 1997. Others are named after native rocks or words in the region’s ancient Aztec language, like Ollin, which means “movement.”

While the cats are fed, they have taken in a pigeon dinner or two and keep vermin away. The current cat contingent are spay/neutered. It’s unknown if keeping cats at the palace will be a tradition in the making, and to be continued when this group passes away.