19-year-old Socks, the former cat of former president Bill Clinton, is reported to be gravely ill with cancer. According to U.S. News and World Report:

Socks the cat, probably the most photographed presidential kitty in history, has cancer and isn’t expected to live. “His days are numbered,” says Barry Landau, a friend of Socks’ master, Betty Currie. Landau, a presidential historian and author of The President’s Table, tells our Suzi Parker that the Currie family could have put Socks on feeding tubes, but decided against it. “They fear he is too old,” adds Landau, who is writing a book on presidential inaugurations. And a second source told us that Socks is gravely ill.

After Clinton left the White House, Socks went to live with Betty Currie, Bill Clinton’s former secretary, largely because he and Buddy just didn’t get along. Clinton once told CNN, “I did better with the Arabs — the Palestinians and the Israelis — than I have done with Socks and Buddy.”

How many White House cats can you name? Click here for a list of First Felines.

[PHOTO CREDITS: Top: Bruce Young / Reuters; Bottom: White House Historical Association]

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