This managed colony of working cats is well-loved and cared for—and in existence since 1745 when Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, decreed the cats should protect the treasures of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest museums in the world. A staff spends hours each day caring for the rescued cats, and feline images can be found in the museum’s own decoration, in murals and paintings, all over the museum.
So what was that about cats being a danger to human health and welfare? If a managed colony is good enough for one of the world’s most famous and most visited museums, it’s good enough for hotels and apartment complexes.
The three million works of art at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, are protected from rats and mice by a small army of about 65 cats rescued from the streets.
Thanks to Mlle. Daisy Emerald’s mama Denise for sending this—and it is noted that the black kitty in the video looks very much like both Mlle. and Mewsette, two cats known to have an extensive knowledge and appreciation of art!
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