Cat and Soldier Rescue Each Other in Afghanistan

In war-torn Afghanistan, an injured bengal-stripped cat found a friend just in time.

Sgt. Jesse Knott saw the kitty limping around the edges of a concrete barrier meant to protect the base from mortar attacks. A trail of fresh blood followed the feline. Sgt. Knott knew if he didn’t intervene, the cat would not make it, so he lured the cat into his office with a piece of delicious smelling steak.

Sgt. Knott nursed the cat back to health and named his new friend Koshka (Russian for cat). The favor however was soon returned, as Sgt. Knott claims this four-legged friend saved his life just a handful of months later. ”Koshka gave a lot of love back to me.”

Fortunately, Sgt. Knott still had Koshka when his two close friends were killed in a suicide attack. Sgt. Knott felt that if he hadn’t had Koshka to get him through the darkest days of his deployment, he likely would have committed suicide.  ”I lost all hope… It was my darkest time and he’s what got me through it. Just the bit of compassion and love that cat showed me is what it took to remind me to stay strong.”

Normally, soldiers are not allowed to keep pets while on duty, but an exception was made for Sgt. Knott after the sudden and violent loss of his two friends.

Sgt. Knott is now back in the US and so is Koshka, thanks to Knott’s parents who paid $3,000 to fly their son’s lifesaving furry angel home!

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249 comments

Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn2 months ago

Many thanks to you !

Fi T.
Fi T.1 years ago

This is the bond between the human and the animals

Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein1 years ago

Daily smile!

Fran away F.
Fran F.1 years ago

It's so very fortunate that their paths crossed!

Priscilla Laybolt

A heartwarming experience for them both, Live long and enjoy oneanother.

Ronel Van Vuuren
Ronel v1 years ago

What a wonderful and inspiring story ! One should never doubt the bond between a human and an animal

Karen Everton
Karen E.1 years ago

Thank you

Jane Howard
Jane Howard2 years ago

Love is a great healer and loved what Cheryl m had to say..

Cheryl Mallon-Bond

A true testament to the healing power of an animals love. Thanks to Sgt. Knott for his sacrifice serving our country & for his parents funding Koshka's safe trip home so he could stay with his beloved friend.

Angela Kohn
Angela K.2 years ago

My God, I knew not at all that it out so many great men are there :-)
Maybe I should sit down with my PC out in a cafe and care2 petitions click;))