Tour pets” are not uncommon in times of war. From my own experience serving in Afghanistan, many platoons and sections adopted local dogs or cats to have as mascots, or for the moral support that they provided. In our case, we took in a puppy named “gougoune,” which is a colloquial term in Quebec for “flip-flop” sandals. Every night, one of us would take turns caring for her.


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This list of soldiers and cats who became friends overseas is a touching reminder of humanity, demonstrating that even during times of war, there are moments of beauty and kindness.

Do you have tour photos with a platoon cat? Post your pictures below, or vote on your favorite!

#1 Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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Snow 1 year ago

they have a very alert rearguard. ;)

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#2 Soldier And A Cat

Soldier And A Cat

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#3 My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

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DanielleGoedhart 1 year ago

Adorable! Both of them :)

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#4 Stray Kitten Sleeping On My Buddy, Afghanistan 2009

Stray Kitten Sleeping On My Buddy, Afghanistan 2009

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DonGuild 1 year ago

A little bit of love in the midst of brutality.

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#5 Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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SarahGensler 1 year ago

That is an adorable picture.

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#6 He Just Crawled Up There And Curled Up

He Just Crawled Up There And Curled Up

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DonGuild 1 year ago

Cats and people a meant to be together.

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#7 A French Soldier Feeding His Kitten, Indochina 1956

A French Soldier Feeding His Kitten, Indochina 1956

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#8 Private Awesome Is Feeding A Kitten

Private Awesome Is Feeding A Kitten

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MariellaRinaldi 1 year ago

That's Awesome!

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#9 A Kitten Is Nestled In The Trouser Pocket Of A U.S. Soldier

A Kitten Is Nestled In The Trouser Pocket Of A U.S. Soldier

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JessicaCarroll 1 year ago

"FIGHT!!!!!!" - The Kitten In The Pocket

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#10 Afghan Kitten

Afghan Kitten

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EarlGrey 1 year ago

the cat is smiling >w< he's happy!

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#11 Little Cuties

Little Cuties

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BillieLetso 1 year ago

So cute and fluffy!!

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#12 Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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RobinFahr 1 year ago

A baby with a baby.... <3

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#13 Making Friends With The Locals In Afghanistan

Making Friends With The Locals In Afghanistan

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MaxineFultz 1 year ago

How could you not be friends?

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#14 My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

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SarahGensler 1 year ago

Lunch time.

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#15 Every Cat Loves A Man In Uniform

Every Cat Loves A Man In Uniform

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SallBarcíková 1 year ago

Soldiers are adorable but soldiers with cats or kitties.... that's just life goal! <3 need it !!

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