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These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I

 
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These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I
Throughout the "war to end all wars," cats were a common sight in the trenches and aboard ships, where they hunted mice and rats. Beyond their "official" duties, they were also embraced as mascots and pets by the soldiers and sailors with whom they served.

An estimated 500,000 cats were dispatched to the trenches, where they killed rats and mice; some were also used as gas detectors. At sea, cats had the run of the ship a tradition dating back thousands of years. As the U.S. Naval Institute explains:


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Awwwww cute

I bet they added a little sweetness to an otherwise miserable day for those men. hf
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Cool story, tx! kitty
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Thank you so much for posting. Wonderful info for cat lovers everywhere!
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kitkats BUMP
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Awesome. I loooooove kitty cats. Mine are spoiled and have me well trained. chuckle
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Nice!
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Thanks, everyone for your comments so far. My 1st 5* post!
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However, should we be teaching cats the ways of warfare? They already rule the home, next: the world!

On second thought, that doesn't sound too bad, really.

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Heh, I was more surprised to see a Canadian soldier than I was to see the military cat. But most cats were Navy cats, because they liked having them aboard to catch any rats that would get in the food.





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