A hotel's famous cat has been reined in after Department of Health officials outlawed its strolls around the building.
The Algonquin Hotel in Times Square has been a New York institution for more than a century, famous for its literary clientele including William Faulkner, Maya Angelou, Dorothy Parker and Orson Welles.
It is also renowned for its ever-present lobby cat and the 10th feline, Matilda III is so popular she has her own Twitter account and email address.
Pampered: The Algonquin's beloved cat is no longer allowed to roam freely after strict guidelines by New York's Department of Health
However the hotel has now tethered the so-called 'Algon Queen' as a precaution after rules by the city's Department of Health & Mental Hygiene put hotels and restaurants at risk of steep fines for minor violations.
A close eye in now being kept on Matilda III behind The Algonquin’s check-in desk, when usually she could be found hiding out behind chairs in the lounge or plant pots in the lobby.
The cat has been a favourite of guests and tourists ever since the original stray wandered into the hotel in 1932.
Institution: Matilda III, is the most famous resident of New York's The Algonquin Hotel
The Algonquin was home to the 'Round Table' literary salon - causing the original cat's name to be swapped from Rusty to a more suitable Hamlet.
All the cats, bar one, have come from rescue shelters and Matilda III took up residence last winter.
However unlike her predecessors, she will no longer be able to have the run of the place.
Alice de Almeida, the hotel's 'chief cat master', told MailOnline: 'She was going everywhere - including the men's restroom - so now she is on a strict training schedule.
'She has a little bed with her food and water where people come in to see her, not just those who are staying at the hotel but those who pass by on the street.
'Matilda gets plenty of emails too.'
Each year, the Algonquin's cat is honoured with a birthday party at the hotel, attended by dozens of her friends.
A Department of Health spokesman said: 'According to the New York City Health Code, live animals are not allowed in food service establishments (except for edible fish, shellfish, or crustacean) unless a patron needs a service dog.'
The Algonquin was established in 1902 and in 1987 designated a New York City landmark.
The hotel will close on New Year's Day for a four-month, $15 million renovation.
Cyber-pet: Matilda III's Twitter account has almost a 1,000 followers and is regularly updated with her whereabouts
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