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 2 years ago

they have a very alert rearguard. ;)

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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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

Cats and people a meant to be together.

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#10 Afghan Kitten

Afghan Kitten

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EarlGrey 2 years ago

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

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#11 Little Cuties

Little Cuties

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BillieLetso 2 years ago

So cute and fluffy!!

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#12 Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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RobinFahr 2 years ago

A baby with a baby.... <3

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#15 Every Cat Loves A Man In Uniform

Every Cat Loves A Man In Uniform

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SallBarcíková 2 years ago

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

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