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Jenna Bush Hager welcomes new kitten into the family and daughter Mila gave it the purr-fect name!

Jenna has already deemed that daughter Mila is the best 'cat mother you've ever seen'
UPDATED JAN 10, 2023
Jenna Bush Hager gifted her daughter Mila a kitten for Christmas (Instagram/ @jennabhager)
Jenna Bush Hager gifted her daughter Mila a kitten for Christmas (Instagram/ @jennabhager)

NORTH SHORE, LONG ISLAND: Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager has just welcomed a new member into her family! Today reports that the 41-year-old author, who is the daughter of former President George Bush and his wife Laura, has just gifted her daughter Mila Hager a kitten for Christmas! The only thing more exciting than receiving a pet as a gift for Christmas is getting to name it, and Mila chose the perfect name for her new kitty — Hollywood Hager!

Bush Hager is currently the co-host of 'Today with Hoda and Jenna,' the fourth hour of NBC’s morning news program Today. She and husband Henry Chase Hager have been married for fourteen years since 2008 and share three children — Margaret ‘Mila’ Hager, 9, Poppy Louise, 7, and Hal Hager, 3. Bush and Hager’s love story began when they met in 2004, during the presidential campaign. Henry Chase Hager met her father, the then President George Bush in 2007, to ask for his permission to marry her.


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With the new addition of their kitten to the family, Bush Hager says her daughter is already ‘the best cat mother you’ve ever seen.’ "The litter box is in her bathroom: dual toilets," Jenna happily stated, and has also informed that Hollywood’s pet food is also in Mila’s room.

Jenna with Mila (jennabhager/Instagram)
Jenna with Mila at summer camp (jennabhager/Instagram)

However, having a pet doesn’t come without its fair share of troubles. Bush Hager recently had a night-time escapade involving her new kitten on the Today show. "And last night before bed, it was around 8 o'clock, Holly could not be found anywhere — Holly was missing," Jenna said. "All night long, I was up, 'Here kitty, kitty, kitty!' I mean, on the hour every hour."  

The incident had left her daughter Mila heartbroken and she said she cried herself to sleep. "But guess who was freaking? Me. ... I mean, I went to bed, but I never fell asleep," she said, and also said she looked for the kitten even with her phone’s flashlight. "Finally, this morning, I got up at 4:30 'cause I was like, 'Holly's dead, and we're going to smell a bad stench,'" she continued as her fears increased. But luckily, she then heard a faint ‘meow’ from their pantry. "She was locked all night long," Jenna said. "But I fed her, I put her in her litter box, I put her on Mila ... she's so relieved. And I am so relieved."

Jenna poses with daughter Mila (jennabhager/Instagram)
Jenna poses with her 9-year-old daughter Mila (jennabhager/Instagram)

She has revealed that while her daughter Mila has been asking for a kitten ever since she was a toddler, she saw fit to grant her wish only now because she could not take care of the pet. "She's almost 10, she's been wanting it since she was 2," Jenna said. "Because I couldn't take on that responsibility. I stayed up all night last night. And I'm allergic," Jenna added. "So I take a Zyrtec. They're the forbidden fruit."