Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 6, 2023 by Crystal Uys

A French philanthropist has left a sum of money to some unusual beneficiaries in his will — the 50 cats living in the basement of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The museum houses 3 million works of art and artifacts and has been a home to cats since the 18th century. According to the museum, the cats are taken care of by volunteers and museum staff, and supported by donations. For more about the museum cats, visit

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, I offered some suggestions on how to make this holiday season meaningful, on Monday, we offered holiday safety tips for cats, on Tuesday, we reviewed Little Puffs Silver Vine toys, on Wednesday, we shared beautiful tortie tea towels, on Thursday, we featured an adorable cat print ironing board cover, and on Friday, we commemorated the first anniversary of Ruby’s passing.

The kitty in today’s video sure is having a good time playing with what looks to be the ultimate cat fountain – enjoy! The video was filmed at the Ernesto’s Sanctuary for Cats in Syria, founded by Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, also known as “the cat man of Aleppo.”

Have a great weekend!

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