The Museum Where Cats Make Rules – 8 Pictures + 2 Videos

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“Secret workers” and a royal treatment

The Hermitage Museum spends a lot of money for cats’ food and veterinary checks. All of the cats are well cared for and go to the vet a few times a year. These cats are, in fact, well paid for their work! They are lucky working animals that have to run such a huge, historically significant place, and they hold such importance here.

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“The cat day”

Every year there is a cat day in the Hermitage. On that day, kids and people come to make “cat portraits” or to buy some of them. That’s a very import day both for visitors and volunteers because it’s been prepared for a whole year. It’s incredibly exciting celebration, especially for kids. And what to do when you see a cute fluffy cat going around your legs and purring? Well… it’s time to take it home. If someone falls in love with one of the cats, it is allowed to take it home, and become proud owner of the cat. From black, grey, and mixed colored cats, to pure breed cats... It’s only your choice!

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Other famous “working cats”

Cats weren’t helpers only in this museum. There are two more historical monuments where they were “hard workers”. Canadian Parliamentary Cats were brought in 1924, and they were employed until 1955. In the United Kingdom, the most famous helpers are cats that were in the Chief Mouser position in the Cabinet Office. The first “cat-protector” was brought in 1924, and there are still cats that protect the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister from mice. The last cat protector is called Palmerston and he “works” for Theresa May. In the following picture you can see a cat named Larry who was on duty from 2011-2016.

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Exciting celebration and lots of games

In the following video, you can watch how “The cat day” looks like. People patiently wait in line in order to meet all those amazing creatures. Most of the cats live in the basement, so all the visitors need to pass through there. “The cat day” also involves many discovery games, and one of them is called “A journey with an Hermitage cat”.

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Which one is the most beautiful?

Choosing which cat to take home can be really difficult, because all of them are beautiful in their unique way. People enjoy taking selfies and cuddling with them, and the museum’s stuff carefully decides who would be a good and responsible cat owner.

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