The Story Of A Military Cook And The Cats She Befriended During Her Deployment In Afghanistan.

During her deployment in Afghanistan, a servicewoman befriended two cats whom she named Vicious and Mama Vicious.

Of course, neither of the felines was vicious, but they just wanted to intimidate everyone. Mama Vicious wasn’t around as much as Vicious was, but they saw her every now and then and fed her.

Being a cook, the servicewoman had access to fresh food and sometimes she had to thaw meat outside. And when the blood would drain, Vicious wanted in. There was no stopping him.

1. This was taken when the servicewoman first met the cats. They were very thin and Vicious had a problem with one of his eyes.

The Story Of A Serviceman And The Cats He Befriended While Deployed In Afghanistan.

Mama Vicious wasn’t around as much as Vicious was.

2. Vicious was immediately curious of everything.

The Story Of A Serviceman And The Cats He Befriended While Deployed In Afghanistan.

Being a cook, the servicewoman had access to fresh food and sometimes she had to thaw meat outside. And when the blood would drain, Vicious wanted in. There was no stopping him.

3. What an adventurous kitty! He loved to climb things, as cats do.

The Story Of A Serviceman And The Cats He Befriended While Deployed In Afghanistan.

Sometimes they would find Vicious under the freezer, or next to the mortars. They were soon after nicknamed “The Mortar Kittens”.

4. After a while, they would catch him doing regular cat stuff.

The Story Of A Serviceman And The Cats He Befriended While Deployed In Afghanistan.

Like playing with strings and knocking containers over.

5. This is her favorite picture of Vicious.

The Story Of A Serviceman And The Cats He Befriended While Deployed In Afghanistan.

What a photogenic little man!

6. After a while, they wanted to start testing the waters of how close they could get to Vicious without him running away.

The Story Of A Serviceman And The Cats He Befriended While Deployed In Afghanistan.

They were all excited to be so close to him.

7. And eventually he became comfortable enough around the servicemen to start sleeping near them.

The Story Of A Serviceman And The Cats He Befriended While Deployed In Afghanistan.

You can tell he has a smoking problem.

8. This is one of the last pictures the servicewoman has of the two cats before she left.

The Story Of A Serviceman And The Cats He Befriended While Deployed In Afghanistan.

“Having cats over deployment got me through without going absolutely crazy”, the servicewoman said.

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