Mike spent 20 years at the British Museum during which time he was notorious for his tendency to reverse all attempts to befriend children and to dislike dogs. Mike will only allow certain people to feed him, who “treats him the same way as a man and a brother”. The interest in Mike was so widespread that it was described as “perhaps the most famous English cat of the 20th century”.
Mike retired from official duty in 1924 and became a ‘retired employee’. It continued to be interested in the fun activities at the Museum, and was particularly active in chasing the occasional wandering dogs, which “ran away in panic” when Mike attacked. Mike’s tombstone is erected near the entrance to Great Russell Street and reads: “He assisted in keeping the main gate of the British Museum from February 1909 to January 1929.”