17 Cats of Blockaded Leningrad

Cats of Blockaded Leningrad

Posted on February 1, 2010 by team


A few months later there were literally tens of thousands or even more rats prowling about the city and terrifying all the citizens. No weapon could do any harm to these monsters whether it was bombing or fire. The beasts ate even the smallest bits of food, all the provision remnants that were left in the city at the time. Moreover, because of rats the city was under the threat of epidemic diseases. And then the government put a fabulous idea through, they decided to gather cats all over Russia and send them to the city where they were right in place.

Altogether, during the blockade period more than 5000 cats from Omsk, Tyumen, Irkutsk and some other cities were sent to Leningrad and completed they job well – the city was cleared off.


There was another cat, his name was Maksim and he was one of the least cats which lived through the blockade. Some 15 years ago, a woman who owned the cat told this story to one of Russian newspapers.

The family had cat Maksim and a parrot which was called Jack. Almost every day, their uncle that lived together with them wanted to make a meal of the cat and each time the rest of the family went out they always locked the cat into the storeroom. As time passed by, the cat began growing malnourished and sicky because of poor food. Once, Maksim managed to jump onto the cupboard and opened the cage where the parrot Jack lived in. Family thought that the cat would eat Jack, but instead of doing so two pets huddled up to one another for warmth and fell asleep. After that, the uncle didn’t try to make anything bad to the cat.


Soon after the parrot died but Maksim survived and happened to be one of the few cats that lived through the blockade. Maksim died in 1957. Of old age.


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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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