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The Story Behind A Viral Photo of a Soldier Napping With a cat

Pfc. Kevin Davidson takes a break with a Playstation 3 and the a stray cat that was “adopted” by some soldiers at a U.S. base in Kuwait.

 

An American soldier in Kuwait who was featured in a viral photo showing him  napping with a cat wrote to Stars and Stripes to tell the story behind the photo. The photo of Pfc. Kevin Davidson and a cat adopted by soldiers at his base went viral after it was shared at Reddit.

Soldiers took the cat in and provided him with food and care. The cat has given back with furry companionship that means a lot to soldiers stationed far from home and family.

Pfc. Davidson said the cat was found curled up outside the base on Christmas Eve, and soldiers brought it inside. About a week later, Davidson wrote in an email to the military publication, “I was sitting in my tent with two of my soldiers and I heard a ‘meow.’ I went outside and found this cat laying on one of the [temporary barriers]. I picked him up and brought him in our tent to show him to everyone.” Davidson put the cat back out of the tent and the cat returned, he put the cat out again and the cat again returned. “After that, the cat just sort of moved into our tent with us,” he said.

Davidson said the troops who initially found the cat brought him in to the base and began feeding him. The company commander wanted to have the cat euthanized, citing disease concerns, but the company executive officer instead took the cat to an installation with a veterinarian and had the cat neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, ear clipped, and treated for fleas.

Once the photo of Pfc. Davidson and the cat went viral, the soldier was contacted by people wanting to know if he was planning to bring the cat back home. Davidson, who is in his second deployment and set to return home, said the cat will remain at the base, where it can continue to provide comfort to the soldiers there.

He said, “I was honestly really thankful for [the cat]. You see, as a reservist on a nine month deployment, it isn’t just nine months without leave, it’s about 10 1/2 because we have to leave our families and go to an active-duty installation to train,” Davidson said. “So this cat was the first thing I could hug or really show any affection to. It was very therapeutic.”

“After seeing how he raised my morale and the morale of my team, I couldn’t take him away from all those soldiers still [based] there,” Davidson said.

“After having a cat for a few weeks, I can honestly say that more pets for deployed soldiers would help with the depression and probably cut down on the amount of suicides. I’m not saying I considered suicide while deployed, but I had some dark days missing my wife and kids.”

Pfc. Davidson says the cat stays mostly indoors, and has caught a couple of mice.

 

 

Pfc. Kevin Davidson takes a cat nap with a stray that was “adopted” by some troops at a U.S. base in Kuwait.

 

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    February 2, 2013 8:36 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Richard B. Rutledge

    Nothing like breaking General Order 1 and going VIRAL with it!

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      February 2, 2013 10:10 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Valerie

      Wow, at first I thought you were full of it, but I actually found a general order 1 online that said they could not adopt domestic animals. I wonder why not?

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    February 2, 2013 11:34 pmPosted 1 year ago
    pop nile ie stew nile

    pets of all type,s are good ,and with the lads and lasses being so far away from home need abit of hope ,its sept 87 when i came out regs ie light inf ex 3li army good and soso

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    February 3, 2013 7:11 amPosted 1 year ago
    rajni shetty

    Cats are capable of giving a lot of love and comfort….they come into your lives when u need it….they bring a lot of smiles in our lives…

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    February 4, 2013 8:43 amPosted 1 year ago
    Dorothy Abernathy

    I always worry about the animal being left behind when the military pulls the troops out, but after reading this I’m going to trust that our men and women overseas who enjoy the comfort and love offered by a domesticated animal will make sure the animal is provided for one way or another when the troops leave. I know how much my cat means to me so I can imagine the comfort a cat or dog would offer a soldier so far from home. With so many animals in need of homes maybe it’s time to make sure all platoons have a mascot.

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    February 4, 2013 1:46 pmPosted 1 year ago
    lorraine gauthier

    super belle histoire un chat est plus qu un animal il est un compagnon de vie extraordinaire quad il taime cest pour la vie jespere qu apres leurs combat un soldat va ladopter xxxxxxxxxxx

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    February 9, 2013 1:27 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Angie Catlover

    As everyone else says, I sincerely hope someone brings this lovely cat home with them to safety.

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    February 25, 2013 3:37 amPosted 1 year ago
    dyg rohana

    Salute to the soldier who did the needful at the vet , to the cat….
    Totally agreed with all of the above comments…from cat-loving people , like me…that the cat must NOT be abandoned when the troop leave for good.
    It has feelings too and it can feel depressed n lonely if left on its own.
    So please please arrange for it to be adopted by loving furever home.

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