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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#3

My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

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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
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A little bit of love in the midst of brutality.

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Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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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
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#10

Afghan Kitten

Afghan Kitten

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#11

Little Cuties

Little Cuties

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#12

Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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#13

Making Friends With The Locals In Afghanistan

Making Friends With The Locals In Afghanistan

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#14

My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

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#15

Every Cat Loves A Man In Uniform

Every Cat Loves A Man In Uniform

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SallBarcíková
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the face of adversity love is there if you look

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#17

Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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Avery Woods (06)
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

at least the cats cute u know what i mean peeps but thank u for the service

#18

Soldier Sleeping With A Kitten

Soldier Sleeping With A Kitten

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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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#20

Palestinian Soldier Stroking A Kitten

Palestinian Soldier Stroking A Kitten

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KittyBuns
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He needs to go home with you.

#22

The Cat And The Soldier

The Cat And The Soldier

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NaomiCline
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#28

French Soldier In Kosovo

French Soldier In Kosovo

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Lori Fuss
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#30

Kitten Helping The Soldier

Kitten Helping The Soldier

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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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#34

Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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LuciaLintnerová
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#35

Soldiers With A Cat

Soldiers With A Cat

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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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Soldier With A Cat

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#42

Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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#43

Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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#44

Cat In War

Cat In War

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#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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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Soldier Handing Cat To Kid

Soldier Handing Cat To Kid

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