Battle Cat

Acoustic Kitty was a CIA project launched by the Directorate of Science & Technology in the 1960s attempting to use cats in spy missions, intended to spy on the Kremlin and Soviet embassies, recording the links between the buildings in the area. A battery and a microphone were implanted into a cat and an antenna into its tail. This would allow the cats to innocuously record and transmit sound from its surroundings. Due to problems with distraction, the cat’s sense of hunger had to be addressed in another operation.[Donald, Graeme (2011). Loose Cannons: 101 Myths, Mishaps and Misadventurers of Military History. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84908-651-6] Surgical and training expenses are thought to have amounted to over $20 million.[citation needed]

The first Acoustic Kitty mission was to eavesdrop on two men in a park outside the Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C. The cat was released nearby, but was hit and killed by a taxi almost immediately.


“The Cats,” an [Outer Limits] episode in which aliens “take possession of household pets to invade the Earth,” was never shown. ABC feared that viewers who had cats at home might become scared of them. – Miss Cellania, “Welcome to The Outer Limits,” 24 June 2013, at (retrieved: 17 May 2014).

José Delgado was “able to ‘play’ monkeys and cats like ‘little electronic toys’ that yawn, hide, fight, play, mate and go to sleep on command.” – John A. Osmundsen, “‘Matador’ With a Radio Stops Wired Bull,” The New York Times, 17 May 1965, CXIV(39,195), p. 20.

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