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How cats protected their homeland

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Geese saved Rome, and cats - besieged Leningrad. Only not from the Gauls, but from the invasion of rats. Sometimes the “smaller brothers” have to play a rather important role in conflicts between people. Much has been written about the feats of dogs during the Great Patriotic War. Much less is known about the “feline contribution”, which was more modest but also very tangible.


Remembering the participation of cats in the Great Patriotic War, first of all they talk about the tragedy of besieged Leningrad. It was here that cats proved to be invaluable helpers of people in the fight against a terrible scourge. But about everything - in more detail.



When a terrible famine began in the northern capital, blocked by Hitler's troops, the line of domestic animals followed the last remnants of food. They began to catch the dogs, then began to cats. In these terrible conditions, the inhabitants of Leningrad did not disdain even rats, mice, and sparrows. Known and cases of eating human meat.

It is clear that almost all Leningrad cats were eaten. The vast majority of dogs and cats in the city were eaten in the winter 1941-1942. Rarely any person in conditions of total hunger could find the strength to restrain himself and not eat his or, especially, someone else’s pet. But those cats who have not been eaten, died of hunger and disease. Stray, homeless cats disappeared from Leningrad streets. They were also hunted by the inhabitants of the city. Memories blockade tell us that all the urban cats and cats waited for a very unenviable fate. People who did not eat their pets were looked at with admiration - not everyone could resist the temptation to try meat in a situation where it was almost impossible to get even bread.

It is known that cats were eaten whole. Even the bones of animals went into the business - of them they cooked a special sticky mass, “carpenter's glue,” which was also used in writing, considering it to be a delicacy. Naturally, even if the owners were in no hurry to part with their pet, neighbors could easily steal it - and you can hardly reproach them for it.

According to common stories, the only "indigenous" Leningrad cat, who was lucky enough to survive the blockade, was the cat Maxim, who lived in the family of Volodins with the parrot Jacques. One day, Maxim the cat penetrated the cage to the parrot, but did not eat the bird, but lay down to sleep nearby, trying to warm up. I still couldn’t survive the harsh conditions of the blockade - he died, and Maxim the cat not only survived until the end of the blockade and before Victory, but lived for a very long time and died 12 years after the end of the war, in 1957 year. He was twenty years old - a very respectable age for a cat. Entire delegations of schoolchildren drove to see Maxim - everyone was interested to see a unique Leningrad cat who survived the terrible days of the blockade.

How cats protected their homeland


However, the disappearance of cats from Leningrad streets immediately gave rise to a terrible new problem - rats began to breed in the city. Having lost their natural enemies - street cats and dogs, the rats felt extremely at ease. Moreover, there was enough food for them - they were completely satisfied with the corpses of people who died or died of starvation and disease, and the rats did not disdain their own kindred - from other flocks, weakened, wounded or fallen. Rodents turned into another enemies of the besieged Leningrad, to cope with which was also very difficult, especially in the conditions of the blockade. Rats are very organized animals, with a developed hierarchy and thoughtful actions. Therefore, having bred in Leningrad, they turned into a real scourge of the city that had just survived the blockade.

Gradually, the streets of Leningrad turned into highways for the movement of gray tailed animals. The appearance of huge hordes of rats has created a serious threat to the already extremely tense epidemiological situation in the city. It is known that these rodents are carriers of the most dangerous diseases, especially in such conditions when people are exhausted by hunger, are ill, there are many corpses in the city. In addition, the hordes of rats began to penetrate the mill, where they ground the flour for the townspeople, into the storehouses of scarce food. These circumstances made the Leningrad leadership seriously think about what to do with the new scourge. All methods of dealing with the rats, which tried to try the city authorities did not help. And then, as the legend says that many generations of Leningraders retell, ... cats came to the rescue.

It is cats that are the most effective rat catcher in the history of nature and human societies. No wonder cats were idolized in ancient Egypt, where, as you know, the problem of protecting huge barns - granaries from rodents was very serious. If in the natural environment numerous wild animals stand up to rats - from snakes, large lizards, birds of prey to weasels, cats, canines, then in urban environments in rats there are two main enemies - cats and dogs, and cats are “interested” in rats incomparably more than dogs .

When the blockade of Leningrad was over, the city authorities faced the question of how to defeat the rats that bred in the city. His cats in the northern capital by this time was no longer there. Therefore, from Yaroslavl, where there was a particularly large population of smoky cats — excellent rat catchers, the Leningrad authorities decided to write out four cars of cats and cats. Of course, most likely the “four carriages of cats” is the most common urban legend, but the fact that cats were brought to the post-blockade Leningrad from Yaroslavl is absolutely true. The cats arrived from Yaroslavl, first of all, were distributed to the food warehouses of the city, and they began to distribute those who remained right on the platform to everyone - again, according to the urban legend. Some enterprising people immediately “sifted a chip,” as they would say today, and began selling cats and cats to other Leningraders — at very serious prices. Many bought, because after the war, when the situation with nutrition was relatively normal, the main goal was to get rid of rodents. Prices for cats rose to 500 rubles - this was very tangible money at that time. Nevertheless, there were many who wanted to buy a cat or a cat home. People gave the last, if only to get in their fluffy animal that can become a reliable protector from rodents. Many cats and cats brought to Leningrad died during the fight against rats, since the food warehouses of the city were really swarming with rodents and the cats could cope with them with difficulty.

Of course, the cats brought from Yaroslavl were not enough for the needs of huge Leningrad, which was completely deprived of its baleen and tailed rat catchers during the blockade. Therefore, the city authorities had to look for further ways to return to the city of cats. We paid attention to the cities of Siberia, which themselves were ready to help the northern capital in the fight against the consequences of the brutal blockade. Residents of Siberian cities collected cats to help Leningraders, many even sent their pets. For example, in one Tyumen, according to some data, up to 238 cats and cats were collected. Approximately the same numbers of animals were provided by other cities of Western and Eastern Siberia. So in Leningrad arrived another batch of excellent Pied Piper.

Tyumen, Omsk, Novosibirsk cats started a service to protect the collections of the Hermitage and other Leningrad museums from rodents. In total, at least five thousand cats were delivered to Leningrad after the blockade was lifted. They immediately began to catch rats and soon the problem that the city authorities could not cope with, disappeared by itself. Until now, a large number of cats live in the Hermitage - the descendants of those post-war Siberian rat-catchers.

By the way, cats in the Hermitage appeared long before the war and even before the revolution. Even in the XIX century, cats were settled in the palace in order to fight rats and mice. By 1917, the Hermitage was home to 600 cats and cats. In many ways, it was thanks to their presence that they managed to preserve unique collections from mice and rats. Of course, in the most hungry days of the blockade of the Hermitage cats and cats they ate, but as soon as the blockade was broken, fluffy rat catchers again resumed their service in the Hermitage.

The fight against rats in Leningrad is not the only example of the participation of cats in the Great Patriotic War. Of course, representatives of the cat family were far from dogs, but there are still cases when cats brought great benefits during the war. Cats and cats often rescued their owners during aerial bombardments and shelling - and this was recorded in almost all the warring countries in the world. Due to their natural sensitivity, cats began to rush and meow long before the enemy airplanes flying up were reported by air defense sirens. Therefore, the owners very quickly learned that if the cat suddenly begins to show anxiety, it is better to immediately flee to the bomb shelter.

In one of the anti-aircraft artillery batteries of the Red Army a cat named Ryzhik appeared. He was picked up by the foreman of the battery in a devastated Belarusian village. The cat quickly became the darling of the battery - it reminded the fighters of a peaceful life, home comfort. But soon the cat began to be appreciated for other qualities. It turned out that it was right to be credited to the personnel of the battery as an excellent specialist in air defense. Even before the enemy raid aviation the cat began to growl and squint to the side where the enemy’s planes should have come from. The soldiers quickly noticed this and began to look closely at the behavior of the cat, which more than once predicted the appearance of enemy aircraft in the sky.

At the end of April 1945, the cat Ryzhik actually saved the life of a Soviet pilot. The battery is located on a halt, when everyone's favorite suddenly became accustomed to growl and look at the sky, and to the east, towards Moscow. The soldiers quickly brought the weapons on alert. And then came the Soviet aircraft, and after him - the German FW-190. The battery quickly struck from the guns - and the Nazi machine went into the ground, and the Soviet aircraft safely landed in the direction of the nearest air base. So the cat's instinct saved the pilot's life. By the way, the next day he appeared in the location of a battery with gifts - he brought alcohol, a cigarette case, expecting to reward the soldier or sergeant who saved his life. What was the surprise of the pilot when he was told the touching story of the cat Ryzhik. Of course, the cat did not need alcohol, but the next day the pilot again arrived at the subdivision - this time with two kilograms of liver, a favorite feline delicacy.

The history of the Great Patriotic War knows a lot of "soldiers' tales" about cats and cats. Most of them were based on really real events, which were then overgrown with all sorts of additions and speculation, passed from one person to another - and so turned into full-fledged legends, the truth - beautiful and motivating people for good deeds and respect for "smaller brothers".

It is known that in many warring armies, cats used to clean trenches and dugouts from rats and other rodents. Not only the blockade Leningrad was threatened with epidemics of terrible diseases spread by rats. Not less risked and part of the army. Therefore, cats, caught in the trenches of rats and mice, met quite often - on both sides of the front. The tradition to use cats in the trenches - to fight rodents, and then to warn about the gas attack, was laid down during the First World War in the units of the British army, but it was quickly adopted by the troops of other fighting nations. Therefore, in World War II, army units, "taking on the service" of cats and cats, were already walking along the beaten path before.



In modern armies and fleets Most of the world's cats serve as symbols and talismans of ships, units and units. Perhaps the leader in the number of animals - talismans (not only cats) is the British army, in which it is a long tradition. In the UK, cats are also "employed" in civilian government institutions - financial, diplomatic and other departments. Cats in the "positions" of mouse-catchers are even supplied with special bows as a special outfit. For example, in the 1970s - 1980s. Wilberforce the cat lived in London. Picked up at one time by a kitten on one of London's streets, by the will of fate, he ended up in the residence of the Prime Minister of Great Britain, where he lived for fifteen years, faithfully exterminating mice that attempted on the chambers of the head of the British government. During this time, four prime ministers of the country were replaced, but Wilberforce continued to serve as the chief government mouser until he died a natural death.
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  1. Uma palata
    Uma palata 11 July 2017 06: 30
    +23
    We came to St. Petersburg to admire, lived in an apartment with the hostess. My aunt is 200 years old, a native Petersburger and she has a handsome cat, family pride and legend. She said that he came from our "Siberians" who were brought to Leningrad immediately after the war, specially delivered. She showed photographs of those times - a huge cat and a skinny girl are sitting on the windowsill, smiling happily. Admired the Cats of the Hermitage, the tailed guardians. Actually, the decision to bring cats to the post-bloc Leningrad was the only true and very reasonable in terms of anti-epidemic measures.
    1. 26rus
      26rus 11 July 2017 21: 54
      0
      . Monument to cats in St. Petersburg.
      1. 26rus
        26rus 11 July 2017 21: 58
        +2
        . And this one is on the opposite side of the street. Unfortunately, the quality of the photo is not very good, shot at dusk.
      2. Lexa-149
        Lexa-149 12 July 2017 13: 22
        0
        This is the cat Elisha. It is on the wall of the Eliseevsky store.
        1. Knight Commander Vladilena
          Knight Commander Vladilena 18 July 2017 19: 39
          0
          This is Vasilisa's cat. The figure of the cat Elisha is thicker, darker, and he sits, but does not stand on his paws. :-)
          1. Lexa-149
            Lexa-149 19 July 2017 09: 53
            0
            I know. Just when I wrote my comment there was also a photo of Elisha.
  2. nizhegorodec
    nizhegorodec 11 July 2017 07: 22
    +5
    I read about how they unloaded the first batch of cats brought to Leningrad (then they wrote about red cats as the best rat-catchers), for four days in a cold carriage, they were naturally hungry and people who came to the station met such a howl from cars that they for a long time did not dare to open them. Then they came up with it, pulled up on a lorry, pushed the door with a long hook and the driver gave full throttle.
  3. Monster fat
    Monster fat 11 July 2017 07: 33
    +17
    As a child, I read the book “We Are from Malaya Zemlya”, not the one that we edited under Brezhnev, but the very first edition. And there was a story about a cat who strayed to the Marines, lived in the trenches brightening up their fighting everyday life. But once he it began to disappear in the evenings and, as the soldiers noticed, began to run to the Germans, the Germans were also people in the German trenches and they were also fun to tinker with the kind animals, they apparently fed him. But the cat, having tasted Fritzev’s nishtyaks, always returned to ours in the morning so he lived at one time on two “fronts.” But once he dragged German leaflets on his back. Ours laughed and handed him his leaflets in the evening — and so the cat and the German leaflets dragged it for a while. Ours let them into the smoke. But then the German parts changed, others came, and the cat he always left with the leaflets to the Germans and didn’t ... returned in the morning .... The soldiers were waiting for him, they called, but there was no cat ... and only the next morning they caught a faint meow near the trenches. They crawled, found and brought a cat-turned out to be a cat they beat him badly, breaking everything he could and threw him into neutral. The cat all this time crawled to our trenches and when it was no longer strong, he began to meow to call for help. Unfortunately, the cat did not survive, died in the hands of the fighters, and then there was a battle and it was not until the cat, they remembered him after the fight and buried him in a common mass grave, along with other fallen soldiers that day, in the end he also fell in the war ....
    1. nizhegorodec
      nizhegorodec 11 July 2017 08: 38
      +7
      Quote: Monster-Fat
      Unfortunately, the cat did not survive, died in the hands of fighters

      what a pity the cat ... but still the Germans are animals, the cat what?
      1. Monster fat
        Monster fat 11 July 2017 09: 00
        +1
        Who knows what happened with the Germans ... Most likely the new part and the soldiers did not know that the cat seemed to live "in two houses." Well, imagine, there is a sergeant major or an officer checks how the soldiers settled in a new place and then a cat with Soviet leaflets appears. Well, what do you think would be the action ... Even in the German memoirs of soldiers, they always write that the lower command personnel, starting with Obergefreiter, were real "animals" ....
    2. Bamse
      Bamse 11 July 2017 22: 02
      0
      In "Young Naturalist" this story is presented a little differently, our first sent a cat with leaflets. After several walkers, he once returned with German leaflets. And it all ended almost the same as you wrote - the cat returned wounded and died in the arms of the fighters.
  4. Military Builder
    Military Builder 11 July 2017 07: 34
    +12
    A cat is the only animal that is allowed to enter and is located in an Orthodox church, "thanks" to mice and rats.
    1. Monster fat
      Monster fat 11 July 2017 08: 17
      +8
      Hmm, I read that a cat is the only creature that retains its appearance and voice in all astral projections. Allegedly, it was because of this that witches and sorcerers kept cats in their house — their task was to bring the magician’s soul back home after their otherworldly searches. But the cat has another function, namely the spirits of cats, according to Egyptian mythology, and were the guides of the souls of dead people in the afterlife. The soul of a deceased person does not have reason in the usual sense, to characterize its state after death it is easier to use the adjectives “frightened”, “tired”, “surprised”, etc., and sometimes souls are lost in other worlds and to lead them on the right path among unfriendly essences and sent the spirit of the cat, everyone knows the cat and therefore the soul follows her without fear, on the right path. Of course, this is only a legend ..., and then all the same .... Therefore, do not offend the cat, maybe later, it will be your only guide to the LIGHT. wink
      1. bober1982
        bober1982 11 July 2017 08: 50
        +4
        Quote: Monster-Fat
        Of course, this is only a legend ..., but suddenly all the same ..

        A beautiful legend, I would like to believe, but still ....., just a legend.
        Earlier, still childhood memories, cats were kept in the basements of apartment buildings, the ubiquitous grandmothers strictly watched this, there was such a prophylaxis against rodents. Now cats are being massively expelled from the basements, the entrance-exit to the basement (from the sidewalks) is boarded up so that the cats they didn’t climb. What these fighters think is not clear.
        1. Monster fat
          Monster fat 11 July 2017 09: 16
          +11
          They are just du ... ki (stupid people). The thing is that the rat will crawl through, even freely through the cracks in the thermo-regulating glasses in the places where the pipelines pass into the houses, which by the way they do, but the cats need a rather large hole . As a result of such a “policy”, rats have free access to the cellars, but there is no cat. In addition, the mere smell of the presence of cats already makes rats not enter such premises. Unfortunately, modern people are becoming more and more closed in their technological-philistine world, gradually losing the simple knowledge necessary for banal survival ...
          1. Monster fat
            Monster fat 11 July 2017 09: 35
            +7
            By the way, I had to observe how this "policy" had already led to an unexpected result, namely the janitors who service garbage chutes in houses, began to complain that rats simply rush at them when they try to pull out filled containers for unloading ... Now the company has gone in order to remove garbage chutes altogether, there will be no garbage chutes; there will be no rats and smell .... And it started with cats "...
            1. Monster fat
              Monster fat 11 July 2017 14: 27
              +2
              And if you remove garbage chutes, then you need to equip places for garbage cans in yards and organize an unobstructed staircase for their removal. And all the free space in the courtyards is already filled with residents' cars, you need to partially disperse them for the garbage storage place, they yell that you went all the way to the place, we have nowhere to put cars ... in general, now it's fun, everyone quarreled ... and it all started with "cats" ... wink
          2. Black5Raven
            Black5Raven 11 July 2017 18: 21
            0
            What is the problem ? Yes, the fact that stray cats in themselves are carriers of a lot of things, but just letting them multiply uncontrollably is not the right decision.
            Quote: Monster-Fat
            As a result of such a “policy”, rats have free access to the cellars, but there is no cat. In addition, the mere smell of the presence of cats already makes rats not enter such premises.

            And by the way, cats are not the best protection against rats. Otherwise, why was it necessary to bring rat rats wink It’s hard for a cat to kill an adult and healthy rat, you can get a very good change.
            1. ICT
              ICT 11 July 2017 20: 25
              0
              Quote: Black5Raven
              And by the way, cats are not the best protection against rats. Otherwise, why was it necessary to bring rat rats

              just one systemically (2,3) - a cat will not destroy rats in a conditionally agreed area, there should be a lot of ichthas, but a rat-rat is when rats begin to grab at the heels
        2. notingem
          notingem 19 July 2017 21: 15
          0
          Americans such fighters either lynch or without panties through the court leave. Maybe sometimes it's worth taking something useful from partners
  5. parusnik
    parusnik 11 July 2017 08: 05
    +2
    I read L. Panteleev (one of the authors of the "Republic of ShKID") his diaries about the Leningrad blockade in the period 1941-1942, words can not convey .. read ..
    1. moskowit
      moskowit 11 July 2017 11: 38
      +3
      I just read it just recently .... Somewhere I got information about L. Panteleev’s studies at a military school in 1943. Knowing the age of the writer, he was interested in this fact .... I didn’t find this in Panteleev’s biographies ... I read the diaries .. It is very truthfully written about the blockade. I completely agree with you. I join your recommendation ... Read, open a new page of knowledge ....
      1. parusnik
        parusnik 11 July 2017 12: 39
        0
        He has about studying at a military school, in the fourth volume it seems .. there is little
        1. moskowit
          moskowit 11 July 2017 13: 21
          +2
          Yes, everything is correct ... I studied somewhere near Moscow ... It is true that I didn’t have to serve, much less take part in hostilities. He was dismissed for health reasons. It interestingly describes the fact that he illegally wore the insignia of resignation until a patrol in Leningrad stopped this violation ....
          Actually, I, by and large, flipped through to find a topic that interests me ... I need to thoroughly read the entire diary .... Thank you for reminding me ... Right now, I'll throw it on the book ...
    2. Monster fat
      Monster fat 11 July 2017 19: 31
      +3
      one of the authors "Republic of SKID

      Both the book and the film are simply masterpieces. I will not forget Mommy: "The cat has four legs, it has a long tail behind it. But you cannot touch it, you cannot touch it for its small stature, small stature ...."
  6. gm9019
    gm9019 11 July 2017 08: 48
    +6
    Yes, my grandmother said that "the rats walked like an army" along the street, not afraid of anyone, almost in rows. And they went to the Badayevsky warehouses, where there was grain and flour. And it was very scary, as if how they now became masters of the city ...
  7. Catherine II
    Catherine II 11 July 2017 10: 37
    +2
    Rats / mice reproduce very quickly and are very stable. They and insects very significantly damage the living conditions of a person (more precisely, his supplies) + carry diseases.
    In large numbers and in the absence of enemies, they can also attack themselves ..
    Only living with cats and dogs in a symbiotic union allowed a person to survive (get food on the hunt, save crops or meat from rodents).
    Cats are famous predators (though lazy sleep up to 18 hours a day) which have long been used as talismans, guards (in the east), even weapons of death.
    Now, in a calm time, the success of the consumer society, cats have lost their original meaning a little. Sometimes they cause a person no less problems than those from whom they were taken into a symbiotic union.
    1. bober1982
      bober1982 11 July 2017 10: 47
      +3
      Quote: Catherine II
      than those from whom they were taken into a symbiotic union.

      Unclear.
      And where does the success of the consumer society (?), And cats, to what all this may be related, this is called the degradation of this rotten society itself.
      1. Catherine II
        Catherine II 11 July 2017 10: 49
        +1
        Quote: bober1982
        and cats to everything

        cats are one of the symbols of a favorable life (with hunger and suffering there can be no cats, the article is a good example) They have already begun to replace some people (childfree) with people! And also their maintenance in the house / city has become more a tradition than a necessity (or fashion)
        This is not degradation - it is progress. Humanity has the opportunity to feed not only itself but also useless (not for all occasions) symbiotic animals simply “for the sake of the heart”
        Too much we are arrogant in progress, but we are not going to stop there. Stop is death.
        1. bober1982
          bober1982 11 July 2017 11: 02
          +5
          I won’t argue, I agree. Freedom to cats! Cats are the engine of progress!
          1. svp67
            svp67 11 July 2017 18: 24
            +4
            Quote: bober1982
            I won’t argue, I agree. Freedom to cats! Cats are the engine of progress!

            1. WUA 518
              WUA 518 11 July 2017 19: 17
              +5
              Quote: svp67
              Quote: bober1982
              I won’t argue, I agree. Freedom to cats! Cats are the engine of progress!

              1. ICT
                ICT 11 July 2017 20: 39
                +5
                we bring all rats in Kuzi Thais are not only trasvestites, Thais in people wink
                1. WUA 518
                  WUA 518 11 July 2017 20: 53
                  +9
                  Quote: TIT
                  we bring all rats in Kuzi Thais are not only trasvestites, Thais in people

                  1. The appeal for military service is subject to:
                  a) Cats, consisting or obliged to be registered with the military and not in reserve (hereinafter referred to as cats not in reserve);

                  2. Cats are not called up for military service, which, in accordance with this Federal Law, are exempted from military duty, military service, cats that are granted deferment from military service, and cats that are not subject to military service.
                  3. Cats are called up for military service on the basis of decrees of the President of the Russian Federation.
                  4. The decision on the draft of cats for military service can be made only after they reach the age of six months.
                  5. Cats enlisted with the assignment of the military rank of officer, called up for military service, have the status of military personnel undergoing military service under a contract. Features of their military service are determined by this Federal Law and the Regulation on the procedure for military service, approved by the President of the Russian Federation.
                  1. ICT
                    ICT 11 July 2017 21: 31
                    +4
                    Quote: WUA 518
                    be registered

                    1. trahterist
                      trahterist 16 July 2017 11: 05
                      +1
                      on the last cats are 'spirits' hi
        2. Cat
          Cat 11 July 2017 11: 49
          +13
          Yeah, consumer society !?
          Then the cats are on top of this pyramid!
          When I come home sometimes, I tend to think that I am a servant of my cat!
          Many thanks to the author for the story! I was pleased.
          1. Cat
            Cat 11 July 2017 19: 53
            +5

            With one hundred and tenth attempts succeeded.
            My cat "Sonya" at the combat post "Waiting for mom from the store!"
            1. WUA 518
              WUA 518 11 July 2017 20: 58
              +5
              Quote: Kotischa
              My cat "Sonya" at the combat post "Waiting for mom from the store!"

              It will be better wink
              1. Cat
                Cat 11 July 2017 21: 18
                +3
                Thank you very much! hi
              2. svp67
                svp67 12 July 2017 07: 42
                +3
                Quote: WUA 518
                It will be better

                They also know how to cross stitch, and most importantly they are more patriotic than their owners ...
  8. mar4047083
    mar4047083 11 July 2017 11: 14
    +4
    Behind the dogs, too, a lot of feats. One example Despite the growth of 180 mm, already corporal. Awarded with military medals.
    1. Cat
      Cat 11 July 2017 11: 55
      +4
      No rewards! There are no feats! Try to drive!
      content: // media / external / file / 422
      1. mar4047083
        mar4047083 11 July 2017 15: 09
        +2
        Oh, we strangled you, strangled you.
      2. Mikado
        Mikado 11 July 2017 15: 34
        +6
        the Germans also had one noteworthy cat, which the British called "unsinkable Sam." Write a story? picked up by the British from the deceased "Bismarck", the cat went on several English ships, each of which .. died! belay But the cat was saved every time! After the aircraft carrier Ark Royal died, on which the cat hung around for a while, it was decided to leave it ashore - purely so, away from sin wink
        https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9D%D0%B5%D0%BF%
        D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%BB%D1%8F%D0%B5%D0%BC%D
        1%8B%D0%B9_%D0%A1%D1%8D%D0%BC
        oh, a difficult cat was not easy! it’s not for you to “go to sneakers as needed”. laughing
        1. mar4047083
          mar4047083 11 July 2017 15: 53
          +1
          For such tricks, we strangled them.
          1. Mikado
            Mikado 11 July 2017 16: 03
            +6
            well, then you need to strangle me (Mikado - my cat’s name is), at the same time Kotische, and there Uncle Murzik laughing
            1. Monster fat
              Monster fat 11 July 2017 16: 51
              +1
              In general, I am silent about “Manula” .... By the way, where he disappeared has not been seen on the forum for a long time ...
              1. Mikado
                Mikado 11 July 2017 17: 06
                +5
                I don’t even know .. maybe the “news” and “opinions” are tagged? laughing
  9. mar4047083
    mar4047083 11 July 2017 15: 51
    +2
    Marshall Lanne rewards the poodle with a medal.
    1. Mikado
      Mikado 11 July 2017 16: 04
      +1
      Lunn finished badly. "You found me a pygmy, and you made me a giant. Stop Napoleon!"
      and for what awarded? wink
      1. mar4047083
        mar4047083 11 July 2017 16: 15
        +5
        For the salvation of the banner of the regiment. The poodle ate it, but didn’t give it to the enemy. He brought the remnants home to the regiment.
        1. Mikado
          Mikado 11 July 2017 16: 24
          +3
          original heroic deed belay
  10. marshes
    marshes 11 July 2017 16: 07
    +4

    The cat Mitka saved his dog Linda from death by biting a poisonous rat, the dog crushes them healthy but also tries to eat them, the early ones allowed.
    Neighbors, they sold the house, new ones began to poison the rats and rebuild the house. That's all for us. Cats do not have time to crush them. They themselves do not eat.
    The most Pied Piper is a cross between a Siberian-Siamese-blue Russian and a Persian cat. I keep them, I can say I brought them out. Very angry with rats, dogs and guests.
    1. Mikado
      Mikado 11 July 2017 16: 25
      +2
      the cat stayed alive, I hope?
      1. marshes
        marshes 11 July 2017 16: 36
        +3
        Quote: Mikado
        the cat stayed alive, I hope?

        No, he died severely. Rat poison from China contains Thalia's salt. A very dangerous and malicious poison. The earliest dog was grassy but pumped out and survived. But I had to shoot it. The hair fell out all out, the skin was slimy and howled in the stomach pain.
        Bad cats, not cats.
        But the really bred breed looks like this, Manka cat. Leopard color. smile
        Very vicious cat under 8 kg.
        1. mar4047083
          mar4047083 11 July 2017 16: 54
          +2
          Sarkis liked the blondes. It's a pity he died.
        2. Mikado
          Mikado 11 July 2017 17: 04
          +3
          sorry for the cat .. And this Manka is the most beautiful! good I have something ordinary gray not purebred - like Matroskin from the cartoon. I call him "babr", a cool word. drinks
          1. marshes
            marshes 11 July 2017 17: 20
            +3
            Quote: Mikado
            And this Manka is the most beautiful!

            Here he came out, a very angry cat, and even managed an eagle. Yes, yes, I live in the foothills. Cats have poison, evil neighbors and dogs, there are other dangers in the form of golden eagles and squirrel falcons.
            Quote: Mikado
            I have something ordinary gray not purebred - like Matroskin from the cartoon.

            The gray one is just close to the wild cat that the forest one is reed. I had brought it from the hunt, I was not afraid of water, I swam. It was healthy to wash it from fleas.
            Similarly, there are such in Thailand, they are called water.
            1. Mikado
              Mikado 11 July 2017 17: 34
              +3
              read about a water cat, or a cat-fisherman. There is information that a case was allegedly recorded when a particularly large male in the zoo killed a leopard.
              Thank you for your knowledge and love for cats hi Awesome talk! good
              1. marshes
                marshes 11 July 2017 17: 41
                +1
                Quote: Mikado
                Thank you for your knowledge and love for cats awesomely tell!

                Please, the experience is rich. Although my father is military, but we were lucky that we didn’t have to go to the garrisons, he was the same of these, but he was a civilian. Therefore, we kept and keep animals in the apartment now in a private house. The biggest thing was that it was a horse. laughing
                So I advise you to live in your home.
                1. Mikado
                  Mikado 11 July 2017 17: 49
                  +2
                  It doesn’t work out on its own! did not work! laughing
                  1. marshes
                    marshes 11 July 2017 17: 55
                    +2
                    Quote: Mikado
                    It doesn’t work out on its own! did not work!

                    And to sell an apartment in the city, but to get to the village? Sami, parents — I studied and served at that time, in 1994 the apartment was sold, we moved to the village, calves and pigs, it’s a shame for Kazakhs laughing , they kept. We bought one-room apartments for meat and brother, with time they got up. We started to live not bad and we live, I had to quit to help.
                    Now everything is in our hands with my brother, and parents enjoy their retired lives.
            2. Monster fat
              Monster fat 11 July 2017 17: 50
              +2
              there are some in Thailand, they are called water

              I saw such a cat. They call her a civere cat or a cat fisher, she has membranes between her toes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i03KLLFAf7c

              Cool. smile
              1. marshes
                marshes 11 July 2017 18: 01
                +1
                Quote: Monster-Fat
                I saw such a cat. They call her a civere cat or a cat fisher, she has membranes between her toes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i03KLLFAf7c

                The reed cats have exactly the same membranes. But ours in Balkhash, the mouth of the OR river survive -40 and in the summer +40.
                Danger, eagles, foxes, jackals and wolves are sometimes wild boars.
              2. Giants
                Giants 11 July 2017 20: 45
                +3
                Here he is, handsome:
      2. mar4047083
        mar4047083 11 July 2017 16: 36
        +2
        Probably did something like this to him. Battle dachshund "Sarkis" loves a cat.
        1. marshes
          marshes 11 July 2017 16: 54
          +1
          Quote: mar4047083
          Battle dachshund "Sarkis" loves a cat.

          Here Dachshunds, malicious and "slimy" dogs, keep the chickens healthy. Good on rats. But one such "daredevil", Panda, a Central Asian Shepherd-Tobet, caught and had a bite to death on a ridge.
          The dog handler himself, with 30 years of experience, including the PV service, the KNB. But something went into cat breeding, it all started with a reed kitten, but when he grew up he left the house. Now I'm trying to get something like that. smile
          1. mar4047083
            mar4047083 11 July 2017 17: 22
            +3
            They are normal. Real Aryans.
            1. marshes
              marshes 11 July 2017 17: 29
              +1
              Quote: mar4047083
              They are normal. Real Aryans.

              Maritsa laughing , without a normal hunt, they become dizzy. I can’t understand why they are needed in the apartment. Okay, I have a private house, 20 meters from the city! And I’m keeping Germans, they’re not bad at guarding, and I’m also picking up a bird to hunt. , and they’ll bring it, or they will bring out a boar or a fir tree under the shot. Now they are asking to switch to Russian spanics, there is already demand.
              and for an apartment, if the area is bad, it’s necessary to keep the staffers, rotors or Dobermans, it’s because of the wool in the house, and the rat rat is not bad ---- but girls.
              1. mar4047083
                mar4047083 11 July 2017 18: 34
                +2
                What, you, so got fed up on them. I was quick-witted. True Aryan. Chickens, eggs, milk, mice, cats, lizards, snakes carried everything to the house (household). Yes, he lived in nature, loved to dig (a useful function in war). Dimensions allowed to break away from the chase (an important function for the scout). I see some pluses.
                1. marshes
                  marshes 11 July 2017 19: 14
                  +1
                  Quote: mar4047083
                  You are so fed up with them. I was quick-witted. True Aryan. Chickens, eggs, milk, mice, cats, lizards, snakes carried everything to the house (household)

                  He pushed chickens with me, bastard, expanded the netting. I thought that the polecat, until he ran into Panda, my dogs did not press chickens and ducks with geese. Only Thunderstorm pinched the duck, ripped off the skin and licked the fat but didn’t crush them. They also thought on a ferret until the cameras are installed in the backyard.
                  And the neighbor’s, four houses from us, Taks not only fed us, although Anton was the owner, they warned me. In the end, I handed him the carcass, saying nothing personal. That’s how relations with the neighbors go bad.
                  Quote: mar4047083
                  Yes, he lived in nature, loved to dig (a useful function in war). Dimensions allowed to break away from the chase (an important function for the scout). I see some pluses.

                  Settling advantages, what can bring in life. Only Fox and Barsuk. No one needs both skins now, but fat can be drowned from Barsuk and Kuyrdak, finely crushed in a cauldron, is not bad either. Fat per spoon per day is not a bad medicine from ulcers and gastritis. Yes and as a vitamin supplement to dog food.
    2. ICT
      ICT 11 July 2017 21: 43
      +4
      family ...... wink

      1. marshes
        marshes 11 July 2017 22: 06
        +1
        Quote: TIT
        family ......

        Well shining, fatly fed.
        1. ICT
          ICT 11 July 2017 22: 43
          +1
          Quote: marshes
          Well shining

          thais
          ,

          (one is pregnant, and the cat was healthy in life)
  11. Monster fat
    Monster fat 11 July 2017 19: 20
    +6
    Hooray! "Manul" found "! It’s just been broadcast on the OTR channel that one grandmother found a strange big kitten that opened its mouth but did not meow, but only hissed. She brought it home, went out, and a strangely huge cat appeared, very peaceful, kind, but too strange looking and many times larger than a regular cat. So, 3 attacked the grandmother! (3 "Karl"!) Robber. They pushed the old woman into the apartment and one began to strangle her, and two began to enclose the apartment. The “cat” at that time rested on the top of the closet, along with hats and hats. Seeing what was happening, he without hesitation rushed to the defense of the hostess. As a result, as the announcer said: "... one robber managed to escape, and two will never engage in robberies, from the word" completely "..." Arriving police officers and the Ministry of Emergencies found that a granny cat lives ! What, is it really such a "serious" cat? Damn, there are still "fluffy-tailed" heroes in our time! Kotu, Respect!
    1. Cat
      Cat 11 July 2017 20: 22
      +10
      Nikolai in his practice from eyewitnesses heard five or six similar stories!
      By breeds: Basically, the protection of the territory is peculiar to bingals! They talked about three cases, and two were from the same litter, or maybe it was the same story.
      In two cases about Siberian cats! In both cases, successfully, they allowed to return to the apartment, no, no!
      In one case, there was a witness himself. A narik climbed into the window to his grandmother, a simple purebred cat defended the household goods for at least 40 minutes. Until the neighbors called the police because of the noise! When we arrived, we found a grandmother, opened the door. There was no living place on the cat, two legs, ribs were broken ....... a little more and this scumbag would kill her. The cat left, it recovered for a long time. What they did to the scumbag, I will not say anything. The head of the police department personally went to the "dad", the guys were "otmazali"! The prosecutor added on his own. Narik got the maximum, they added it from the top. Plus, even at the stage, a rumor was released that he did.
      But the question is different, cats under 15 kg are one thing, and another cat is about 4,5 at best. But some courage.
      By the way, when we brought her to the veterinary clinic we didn’t take a dime. The best veterinaries, the best clinics of the city considered it their duty to operate a simple cat with character. For which special thanks to them. Surprised and more. When word of mouth blew this story. The local Azerbaijanis who kept the mini-market in the neighborhood put the cat on its contentment "at the rate of one year of meat per day, for the respected Jan and her cat!" I have personally witnessed a monologue.
      1. Giants
        Giants 11 July 2017 21: 21
        +5
        Thanks for the story! I’m a catman myself and would like to show my treasure, picked up on the street 13 years ago. Was a skinny, dirty kitten. 2010 photo
        1. tamnun
          tamnun 11 July 2017 21: 26
          +3
          Quote: Giants
          Thanks for the story! I’m a catman myself and would like to show my treasure, picked up on the street 13 years ago. Was a skinny, dirty kitten. 2010 photo

          Photo 2010 - the cat survived the sanctions or saved the same belay
  12. marshes
    marshes 11 July 2017 20: 08
    +2
    And so advice, sterilize cats and cats. If you live in an apartment.
    Cats, lazy, mice and rats can catch every other time, mainly for fun.
    Cats catch everything but more often after childbirth. And they don’t smell. Unlike cats, they mark everything, they are not neutered.
    1. tamnun
      tamnun 11 July 2017 21: 27
      +2
      Quote: marshes
      And so advice, sterilize cats and cats. If you live in an apartment.
      Cats, lazy, mice and rats can catch every other time, mainly for fun.
      Cats catch everything but more often after childbirth. And they don’t smell. Unlike cats, they mark everything, they are not neutered.

      For this, cats roll up concerts 4 times a year (not sterilized)
    2. Mikado
      Mikado 12 July 2017 14: 27
      +2
      Unlike cats, they mark everything, castrated no.

      we’ve passed, reluctantly carried to castration, as the doctor then told me: "You were more worried than the cat." But .. ceased to be rude, became completely tame, not a single step from me. That's how we live! drinks
    3. Hoc vince
      Hoc vince 12 July 2017 20: 15
      0
      Kuril Islands - do not mark and do not smell + Pied Piper.
  13. gm9019
    gm9019 11 July 2017 21: 36
    +8
    Quote: marshes
    Cats, lazy, mice and rats can catch once

    strongly disagree! I had a sterilized cat for 10 years (it looks like a Siberian), in the summer they took him to the country.
    So he "held" 12 acres! No moles, no mice, no foreign cats, and one summer I caught 7 (seven!) Muskrats, we buried them in the garden. The relatives called him "the owner of the taiga"!
    But when he was gone, there was no harvest, and no flowers at all. The mice gnawed onion bulbs, climbed the peas along the stems and also devoured, the moles dug up everything they could .. And buried him in the garden, where he loved to hunt.
  14. Grishka cat
    Grishka cat 12 July 2017 13: 34
    +2
    And my tramp, although he was neutered, also caught mice and went fishing with me, even at night he sat with me. He lived for 17 years, and died in the courtyard of a house — a car was hit. He was deaf at the end, probably did not hear. But the decent cattle drove, flew did not see. In two, the kids play and run, not just animals. Sorry Grishka.
  15. Koshak
    Koshak 12 July 2017 16: 05
    +3

    But Musya is a computer cat! Gnawed off the mouse, I had to start a wireless one. smile
  16. urman
    urman 13 July 2017 17: 27
    +2
    Cats are the keepers of the hearth!
    I already wrote, my wife quarreled before breaking the dishes,
    our Murka came running, he hit all types, scratched his legs,
    WE forgot what they quarreled about.
    She walks on her own, I already began to doubt
    and here, looking, drives a rat a little smaller than himself.
    And after all, until she strangled, she did not calm down.
    After that, I don’t go ahead of her home.
    Damn, and she likes to pause, not in a hurry.
  17. Shamina
    Shamina 27 July 2017 17: 26
    0
    Indeed it is. In Novosibirsk, there were many Leningraders evacuated. Old people at us remember that, leaving home after lifting the blockade, all Petersburgers took cats with them. Even special wooden cells were made for this. It is unthinkable ...
  18. Armenak
    Armenak 13 August 2017 13: 59
    0
    In Moscow, there are 2 (two) rats per inhabitant.
    Clever people from the Moscow housing and communal services (vice - mayor Biryukov) killed all the cellars.
  19. ingvar1951
    ingvar1951 15 March 2018 22: 30
    0
    Interestingly, not only cats, but also mice fought against the Nazis. Under Stalingrad, the mice nearly disabled the tank division (it seems the 22nd)
  20. Nyurgun
    Nyurgun 25 November 2019 07: 46
    0
    Part of the article is that humans ate cats to survive. Of course, there have been such cases, but the reason for the disappearance of cats is not their eating. The extinction of cats was due to lack of food. And after the extinction of cats, rats appeared. want to denigrate hero bloggers. Yes, at least you think, to survive in the blockade, this does not mean only to survive in terms of food. The main reason for the victory in the blockade is the organization of people, each person was aimed not at his own personal survival, but at protecting the whole city. And I'm even pretty sure those who ate cats were punished.