17 Cats of Blockaded Leningrad

Cats of Blockaded Leningrad

Posted on February 1, 2010 by team


66 years ago, on the 27-th of January, 1943, the blockade of Leningrad was completely called off. And several days ago in the Russian Internet there were lots of articles about cats of blockaded Leningrad published. But what’s so special about them? That’s the very thing you’re going to find out now.

There are two monuments commemorating cats: first one is a bronze monument commemorating Elisey cat and the second one is commemorating his friend, Vasilisa cat. They were fixed up 10 years ago and since then they were satisfying the eye of tourists and city’s inhabitants. There is a belief that if you throw a coin onto the Elisey’s monuments it will bring you happiness and plenty of luck.


One would think, how sweet of them, people of Saint-Petersburg fixed up several monuments commemorating their favorite pet… but it turned out to be that the cats themselves deserved that.


September 8, 1941, the city was besieged and the blockade lasted for 900 days. Soon enough there was no food in the city at all and the inhabitants began dying of hunger. During the terrible 1941-1942’s winter dwellers of the city ate everything they could and even pets were eaten (and that saved many peoples’ lives.) But if people are dying – rats begin to proliferate.


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17 Responses to “Cats of Blockaded Leningrad”

  1. japs says:


  2. Tauper says:

    Great Article and Post, Thanks!

  3. Steamed McQueen says:

    Always nice to hear that story. The cat monument in St. Pete is something that is usually overlooked by many tourists.

    Sadly, today the city is over run with feral cats and dogs. They breed constantly and do not make good pets.

    Several organizations have tried trap-neuter- release strategies and that has helped some but the Russian people really need to be educated as to the importance of spaying or neutering their pets.

    The world has far too many unwanted puppies and kittens. Do your part, Russia. Spay or neuter your pet.

  4. tab says:

    The Germans called them roof rabbits. Good post.

  5. perristalsis says:

    Cat; the other white meat.

  6. olka says:

    how typically English !- to mention pets in connection with great tragedy, not people…

  7. Perristalsis and Olka, please jump off a cliff and do the world a big favour.

    Nice article, I like the way ER is going!

    • Musa says:

      Me too Bossman. Thanks for this wonderful post photographer and ER people. I love this history story about cats. :)

    • perristalsis says:

      FFWL, reread the post:”Almost every day, their uncle that lived together with them wanted to make a meal of the cat”, I’m just reflecting uncle’s stated thought, so what’s your excuse for wishing violence towards others?

  8. Pacific NW says:

    The kitty and the parrot story reminds me of a video I saw on youtube of a crow that mothered a kitten. Great set.

  9. New Fake Kirov says:

    9th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All hail the cats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. JerryBarada says:

    Stories like this are the reason I keep coming back to ER.

    Well, that, and pictures of cheerleaders and Russian beauty queens.

  11. w says:

    That was beautiful – thank you

  12. dwight schrutte says:

    i happen to own 3 and a three quarter cats: i’ve designed a device that allows me to obtain 3 meat patties from each cat without killing the animal.

  13. LT says:

    Wonderful article! Very nice!

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