Wyatt, the feline adopted by Rep. David LeBoeuf.  D-Worcester, loves to interrupt Zoom meetings

Who doesn’t like to talk about their pets?

The top three topics of conversation in the US, according to preply, a language tutoring app, are the weather, weekend plans, and work. But pets also fit there. Especially as an icebreaker when tackling tough topics like end-of-life legislation, protecting children from sexual assault, or directing more state funds to local projects.

In Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a special website designed that way: state mascots. It collects photos and biographies of many of the pets that share housing with state legislators, staff members, and other state employees.

“It’s a good icebreaker for people,” said Kara Holmquist, the MSPCA’s director of advocacy and curator of the website.