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May 25 and 26 - “Day of the Hermitage cats 2019”.
The status of “security guards of art galleries” was established in 1745 by Empress Catherine II, founder of the Hermitage. To protect against mice and rats.
Each cat has its own passport, veterinary card. They are officially listed as a qualified rat clearing specialist from the basement of the museum.
Each cat has its own bowl, tray, toys, and sleeping basket.
Recently, a “limit” of 50 cats has been established, so the museum “surplus” gives in good hands. They are regularly attached to the promotions “I want to go home!” (Loft project “Floors”) and in the “Republic of Cats” (cat cafe).