The American military tested their newest supersoldier serum on the Spittin’ Kittens after The War began. Kathleen Reynolds led them out on numerous combat operations over the next few months, and they soon proved that they could fight nearly as good as her. Their long campaign culminated in the tumultuous Battle of Fort Wichita, when she personally shot down six Shang fighters and organized one of the many flanking actions that eventually forced the Shang to retreat before they could destroy the orbital fort. That earned the Kittens a complete set of priority tech upgrades from the Peloran fleet, which Katy quickly took advantage of. She turned the Kittens into even more of a nuisance to both the Shang and the Chinese fleets from Earth to Alpha Centauri in the months that followed.