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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#11 Little Cuties

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BillieLetso 3 years ago

So cute and fluffy!!

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#12 Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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RobinFahr 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

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#16 A British Soldier “Shakes Hands” With A Kitten On A Snowy Bank

A British Soldier “Shakes Hands” With A Kitten On A Snowy Bank

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Su Heysham 1 year ago

In the face of adversity love is there if you look

#17 Soldier With A Cat

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#18 Soldier Sleeping With A Kitten

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CrackrJax 3 years ago

Freaking cuteness overload

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#19 A Ukrainian Soldier Holds A Cat As He Receives Warm Clothes

A Ukrainian Soldier Holds A Cat As He Receives Warm Clothes

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

Aww so sweet

#20 Palestinian Soldier Stroking A Kitten

Palestinian Soldier Stroking A Kitten

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KittyBuns 3 years ago

Love it. Such a contradictory image ^ω^

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#21 Kitten And His Cuddle Buddy

Kitten And His Cuddle Buddy

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

He needs to go home with you.

#22 The Cat And The Soldier

The Cat And The Soldier

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NaomiCline 3 years ago

beautiful picture, this looks like a TIME shot

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#23 Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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KimberleyTucker-Hood 3 years ago

I love that the dog in the background is keeping an eye on the cat!

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#24 Met This Cutie Outside The Barracks Today

Met This Cutie Outside The Barracks Today

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

Wow what a cutie

#25 Soldiers Playing With Kittens

Soldiers Playing With Kittens

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#26 Soldier Playing With A Kitten

Soldier Playing With A Kitten

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

Where do the kitties go after this.

#27 Deployed To The Middle East, We Got A "Working Cat" To Catch Mice

Deployed To The Middle East, We Got A "Working Cat" To Catch Mice

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LuciaLintnerová 3 years ago

well he certainly caught a friend :)

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#28 French Soldier In Kosovo

French Soldier In Kosovo

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

Take kitty home with u if u can

#29 Big, Tough Soldier With His Kitty

Big, Tough Soldier With His Kitty

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FridaHarila 3 years ago

I caught a fish once it was THIS BIG!

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#30 Kitten Helping The Soldier

Kitten Helping The Soldier

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FridaHarila 3 years ago

The cat Is like: locked and load...

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#31 Soldier And A Kitten

Soldier And A Kitten

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#32 Soldiers Feeding A Kitten

Soldiers Feeding A Kitten

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

This is the sweetist. Are u going to try to take kitty home. Dont know if they allow it.

#33 Found These Kittens In Afghanistan

Found These Kittens In Afghanistan

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

Hope theyhave a home.

#34 Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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LuciaLintnerová 3 years ago

oh i love his expression ... and he loves the cat :)

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#35 Soldiers With A Cat

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#36 Ukrainian Patrol

Ukrainian Patrol

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CrackrJax 3 years ago

That's fantastic

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#37 Syrian Fighter Feeding Cat

Syrian Fighter Feeding Cat

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#38 This Is Mittens, We Rescued Her Personally From The Evil Shared Torture

This Is Mittens, We Rescued Her Personally From The Evil Shared Torture

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

Good for u. Take her home and love her.

#39 Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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#40 Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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#41 Soldier With A Cat

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#42 Soldier With A Cat

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#43 Soldier With A Cat

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#44 Cat In War

Cat In War

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Marie-CharlottePopp 3 years ago

That's the look that says it all...

#45 Getting Together

Getting Together

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#46 Gremlin On Patrol

Gremlin On Patrol

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#47 Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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#48 Soldier Nurses Cat Back To Health

Soldier Nurses Cat Back To Health

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

And takes him home hopefully

#49 Real Men Love Cats

Real Men Love Cats

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#50 Soldiers Playing With A Kitten

Soldiers Playing With A Kitten

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#51 They Share A Special Bond

They Share A Special Bond

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

They need to bond to his forever home

#52 My Best Buddies In Camp Price, Afghanistan

My Best Buddies In Camp Price, Afghanistan

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Lori Fuss 1 year ago

Best buds are great to have

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#53 U.S. Soldier Strokes A Cat

U.S. Soldier Strokes A Cat

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#54 Cat, Soldiers, A Bomb And A Flower...

Cat, Soldiers, A Bomb And A Flower...

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DragomirBoiadzhiev 3 years ago

SS unit? Nice kitty though.

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#55 Soldier Handing Cat To Kid

Soldier Handing Cat To Kid

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