Jock VI of Chartwell
Since the National Trust opened the house to the public in 1966, the family of Sir Winston Churchill requested that there always be a marmalade cat named Jock, with a white bib and four white socks, in comfortable residence at Chartwell.
Welcoming a new member
Taking up residence
Jock VI has had problems with his eyes ever since he was a kitten. He has regular checks and unfortunately the most recent tests revealed that he is suffering from retinal degeneration. Over time it's likely to result in complete blindness.
Despite this, Jock VI is a happy and very contented cat. His vision, which is similar to tunnel vision, does leave him easily startled though if he is approached from the side or behind.
He's adapting well but we can all play our part to help him by being mindful that he can only see you if you are directly in front of him.
Jock is still the same cheeky, happy cat he always has been. He loves his life at Chartwell, and long may this continue.