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.

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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 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 3 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 3 years 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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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

Awwww sharing a snack. Beautiful

#8 Private Awesome Is Feeding A Kitten

Private Awesome Is Feeding A Kitten

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MariellaRinaldi 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

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#10 Afghan Kitten

Afghan Kitten

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EarlGrey 3 years ago

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

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