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!

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Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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Snow
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5 years ago

they have a very alert rearguard. ;)

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Soldier And A Cat

Soldier And A Cat

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TheCakeIllusionist
Community Member
5 years ago

wow

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#3

My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

My Shy Friend In Afghanistan

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DanielleGoedhart
Community Member
5 years ago

Adorable! Both of them :)

EllyEssenberg
Community Member
5 years ago

Danielle, I agree. Why haven't I met a man like him and one who loves cats as well? .

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Lori Fuss
Community Member
3 years ago

Two cuties. Did he get to keep thr kitty.

SarahGensler
Community Member
5 years ago

This is adorable and the soldier is not bad looking either.

Avery Woods (06)
Community Member
3 months ago

lol

Normz Anca
Community Member
4 years ago

So cute

Barbara Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

What happens to them when you leave

eaglegreen
Community Member
5 years ago

I'll only believe "best friends crap" if you said you brought the cat HOME.

LauraJohnston
Community Member
5 years ago

Two cuties!

AeonAngel
Community Member
5 years ago

Both of you so cute. You two are made for each other ;-) ♡

LionAngry
Community Member
5 years ago

Kitty's not the only cute one here! Pfhew!

JoannaDołżycka
Community Member
5 years ago

oh, so adorable!

Rism
Community Member
5 years ago

i want them :)

NaomiCline
Community Member
5 years ago

just precious!

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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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SarahGensler
Community Member
5 years ago

Naptime. So cute.

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#5

Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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SarahGensler
Community Member
5 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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SarahGensler
Community Member
5 years ago

Awwww

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

Awwww sharing a snack. Beautiful

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#8

Private Awesome Is Feeding A Kitten

Private Awesome Is Feeding A Kitten

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MariellaRinaldi
Community Member
5 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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SarahGensler
Community Member
5 years ago

Hang in there.

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#10

Afghan Kitten

Afghan Kitten

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LuciaLintnerová
Community Member
5 years ago

aww :)

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#11

Little Cuties

Little Cuties

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BillieLetso
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5 years ago

So cute and fluffy!!

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#12

Soldier With A Kitten

Soldier With A Kitten

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LuciaLintnerová
Community Member
5 years ago

what a tiny kitt :)

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#13

Making Friends With The Locals In Afghanistan

Making Friends With The Locals In Afghanistan

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SarahGensler
Community Member
5 years ago

Reminds me of my kitty.

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#14

My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

My Nephew Is Serving In Afghanistan

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SarahGensler
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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)
Community Member
3 months ago

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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Rism
Community Member
5 years ago

Awww

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww so sweet

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#20

Palestinian Soldier Stroking A Kitten

Palestinian Soldier Stroking A Kitten

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KittyBuns
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
3 years ago

He needs to go home with you.

#22

The Cat And The Soldier

The Cat And The Soldier

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afoben
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful picture, so hard and so soft. Love it.

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#23

Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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KimberleyTucker-Hood
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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AngelaThurston
Community Member
5 years ago

Whole lot of catching going on ...

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#28

French Soldier In Kosovo

French Soldier In Kosovo

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Lori Fuss
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
5 years ago

I caught a fish once it was THIS BIG!

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Kitten Helping The Soldier

Kitten Helping The Soldier

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FridaHarila
Community Member
5 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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Soldiers Feeding A Kitten

Soldiers Feeding A Kitten

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Lori Fuss
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Hope theyhave a home.

#34

Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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afoben
Community Member
5 years ago

Now that's love

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#35

Soldiers With A Cat

Soldiers With A Cat

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Ukrainian Patrol

Ukrainian Patrol

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CrackrJax
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Good for u. Take her home and love her.

#39

Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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Soldier With A Cat

Soldier With A Cat

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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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Marie-CharlottePopp
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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CaroleDose
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh--the Cami Cat!

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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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captaingrumpy
Community Member
5 years ago

I noticed you named the nationalities of most of the soldiers , but when it came to the Israeli soldier you stopped. A little racism I believe.

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#55

Soldier Handing Cat To Kid

Soldier Handing Cat To Kid

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