This isn’t “new news,” but since it’s “mew news,” I say it holds. Filed under Even More Reasons to Love Art Museums: Cats. Our four-legged friends have been working at The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia since the 18th Century. Back then, an enterprising empress imported the felines to solve a growing mouse problem. They have now been on the job for over 200 years. Today, some 70 cat guards live in The Hermitage basement. Ginger cats, in particular, are renowned for their healing powers and positive auras. I want to go there!