In honour of National Cat Day, here are 9 adorable photos of military troops with cats

Whether as a mascot or pet or a stray in need of assistance, animals have always had a special place in the hearts of military troops.

In honour of National Cat Day and inspired by the US Naval Institute‘s historical images of cats in the sea services, we assembled some of the most adorable photos of military personnel and their animals.

Minnie the Cat

Fox Photos/GettyA sailor from the HMS Vernon holds the ship’s mascot, Minnie, in Portsmouth in September 1931.

Maverick’s first co-pilot

Keystone/Getty.A cat balances on the shoulder of a Royal Air Force pilot circa 1944.

A devil dog and his helmet cat

National ArchivesMarine Cpl. Edward Burckhardt finds a new friend in Iwo Jima, Japan, in February 1945.

Who has the best poker face?

Hulton Archive/GettyA Seaman from the HMS Torquay plays cards with his ship’s pets, Joey the hamster and Smew the kitten, in 1956.

The battle cat of Bunker Hill

Sgt Martin Riley/GettyA US Marine feeds a kitten after a heavy mortar barrage near Bunker Hill during the Korean War.

It’s a Marine thing, apparently

Feeding cats: a military tradition

Giving her best battle cry

Camelia Montoy/DoDA kitten adopts the trouser pocket of a US Army soldier in the Philippines in June 2012.

Saved from the shell

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