The Guardian Cats of St. Petersburg

These cats are heaven-sent.

Cats: An endless source of LOLs, total oddballs, and now, invaluable protectors of priceless masterpieces.

In a completely fascinating video segment featured on Artlog, CBC News talks to representatives of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, where 65 cats guard three million works of art from destructive rats and mice.

The felines do their work in the museum’s basement and are pampered by three full-time caretakers. Cats are important enough to operations there that they’ve actually been “employed” in some form since 1745.

So there you have it: another argument for cats’ superiority over slobbering, noisy pooches.

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