Mews: The amazing and brave cats of World War 1

thank you for sharing


Hi everyone,

We found this very interesting post for you on the caternet! Not enough people know that there were indeed MANY brave kats at the forefront of this! To honour them please find photos and stories of them below.

During the war apparently cats were a common sight on ships and in trenches to hunt rats and mice! Beyond this duty they became friends and companions to sailors and soldiers alike

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

It is likely that the ancient Egyptians were the first seafarers to realize the true value of having cats as shipmates. In addition to offering sailors much needed companionship…

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