Check the Incredible Accomplishments of Cats During Debate
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Check the Incredible Accomplishments of Cats During Debate

On Memorial Day, we commemorate and honor those who have served, including the animals who bravely gave so much in times of conflict and peace.

While dogs and horses are often described as workers and debating companions, cats have also played an important role in various ways. Those who have cats will probably not be surprised to learn that it is a cat named “Simon” who has won a Dickin Medal, the highest award for animal military bravery in the UK!

Playful Mascots

In the army, animal mascots have been used to provide friendship and a happy distraction for Canadian soldiers. Various animals, such as “Mike” the St. Bernard or “Batisse” the goat, brought comfort and affection to the soldiers. Cats and other animal mascots were often given military code names, an act that often caused moments of laughter among the soldiers while sharing the Silly names of a beloved pet or a childhood memory.

On board warships

As unofficial allies, cats could go to places that humans or larger animals could not. Cats found niche jobs in military barracks and on board ships. In addition to protecting the limited food rations, they were able to squeeze into tight spaces and prevent rodents from gnawing on the main communication cables and chewing ropes and boards on ships. By controlling the populations of rats and mice, cats were also able to curb the spread of the health problem by rodents.

At sea, some superstitious sailors even thought that cats would provide them with shelter at sea. With their excellent vision, cats should be able to spot the weakest lights even on the darkest and stormiest nights. Tiddles, a big black cat, traveled more than 30,000 miles with the British Royal Navy during the second world debate.

Consolation in uncertain times

In wartime, soldiers suffered grueling stress in the most peril conditions. When they were stationed abroad, they often adopted deciduous cats or kittens. Taking care of these lost animals would comfort the soldiers, and many have found the presence of a furry mascot at the end of a busy day to entertain themselves and relieve stress. A female army Corps kitten named “Glamour Puss” was famous for a nap, but offering a delicious Steak dinner prompted her safe return.

A special meaning

It was also believed that cats were able to detect explosions in advance, like dogs sniffing explosives. The soldiers doubtful that this was due to the fact that the cats were tuned to atmospheric pressure, or maybe just to their “sixth sense”.”During the second world debate, some families relied on their cat’s senses to warn them of the fall of an Explosion and retreated safely to air strikes or explosion shelters.

The most famous of these fearless cats was rightly called “Boomer” and he could tell the difference between German planes and British air force planes.

Always in memory

We are very grateful for the contribution of Canadian soldiers and their fellow soldiers. The many achievements of the cats and the roles they fulfilled during the debate are truly incredible and will never be forgotten.

That year, the SPCA and the Humane Society of Ontario unveiled a new commemorative pin from the Animals in Debate collection with a cat to honor the contributions of animals during wartime. The animals in debate lapel pin is intended to be worn in addition to the poppies in memory of our veterans and the animals that have bravely served alongside them.

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