- Internal NPC ID: 637
The Cat is a town pet. It arrives at dawn (4:30 AM) the day after the player uses the Cat License, which is purchased from the Zoologist for 5. The Cat does not count towards the NPCs' "crowded" limit and hence will not affect NPC happiness, although it does count as a regular town NPC for the purpose of the Pylon network. There are six breeds of Cat, with one randomly being chosen when it arrives.
The only requirements for the Cat to appear is the use of a Cat License and the presence of a valid house. The Cat's house can be changed, as with any other NPC, however the Cat can share the same house as another NPC. The Cat needs a 2-tile floor space to sleep on occasionally; it may not move into a house if that space is not available.
The Cat can be talked to with the ⚷ Open / Activate button, like any other town NPC. It will offer a "Pet" option, which places the player directly in front of the Cat when selected, and displays an animation of them petting the Cat, an effect that is a purely visual. It only works if there are at least two flat tiles on the same level as the Cat in front of it. Using any item, taking damage, or closing the dialogue window terminates the animation.
Like the Angler, the status message displayed when the Cat is killed is "<name of Cat> has left!". It will respawn within the next days, and may respawn as a different breed.
The Town Cat may have any of the following names:
- Mr. Cat
- Town Cat is the only type of town pet that can sit in chairs.
- Many of the Cat's names are references:
- "Adol" may be a reference to Adol Christin, the protagonist of the series of action role-playing games Ys. "Dogi", the name of his best friend, also appears as a possible name for the Dog.
- "Arbus" and "Ater" may be references to the characters of the same names from the video game The Gray Garden by Deep-Sea-Prisoner.
- "Bandit" may be a reference to Angela's cat from the sitcom television series The Office.
- "Blaze" is a reference to Blaze the Cat from the Japanese video game series Sonic the Hedgehog. The name being attributed to the silver cat could be a reference to Blaze's partner, Silver the Hedgehog.
- "Bob" is likely a reference to the book A Street Cat Named Bob by English author James Bowen, as well as his other works.
- "By-Tor" is a reference to the Rush song "By-Tor and the Snow Dog"
- "Charlie" is likely either a reference to Charley Says, a British series of short cut-out animated cartoon public information movies for children, which includes an orange tabby named Charley, or the German animation studio Dingo Pictures, which frequently re-used a character model of an orange-ish cat, often naming it Charlie.
- "Cleo" is a reference to the character of the same name from The Catillac Cats.
- "Freya" and "Odin" may be references to a goddess and a god of the same names, respectively, from Norse mythology.
- "Garfield" is a reference to the protagonist of the American comic strip of the same name.
- "Hobbes" is a reference to the character of the same name from the American comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.
- "Ichibi" may be a reference to Shukaku, a character from the Japanese manga series Naruto who is commonly known as Ichibi.
- "Jaspers" is a reference to Rose Lalonde's cat from the webcomic Homestuck.
- "Jiji" is a reference to the character of the same name from the 1989 Japanese animated movie Kiki's Delivery Service.
- "Kanako" may be a reference to Kanako Yasaka from the Japanese video game series Touhou Project.
- "Luna" is a reference to the character of the same name from the Japanese manga series Sailor Moon.
- "Momo" may be a reference to the character of the same name from the American animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- "Mr. Cat" is a reference to the animated YouTube video "Mr. Cat" by TomSka.
- "Salem" is a reference to Salem Saberhagen from the American comic series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
- "Sekhmet" is a reference to a goddess of the same name from Egyptian mythology, who is depicted as a lioness.
- "Snowball" as a name for the black cat is a reference to Snowball II from the American animated sitcom The Simpsons.
- "Tigger" is a reference to the character of the same name from the "Winnie-the-Pooh" stories.
- "Tony" is a reference to Tony the Tiger, the advertising cartoon mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal.
- "Pete" is likely a reference to the protagonist of the cartoon book series Pete the Cat.
- "Renne" is likely a reference to Renne Bright, a character from the role-playing video game series Trails. Furthermore, both "Estelle" and "Joshua" are names for the Dog and Bunny, respectively, likely referencing the names of two other playable characters from the same series.
- "Valerie" is likely a reference to Valérie from the role-playing video game OFF.
- The Bestiary entry for the Town Cat: "Lazy, devious, might bring presents. Presents might have once been breathing."
- There is no such "present-bringing" mechanic in-game. The entry simply references the real-world behavior of house cats, known for bringing "presents" of dead animals to their owners.
- Desktop 1.4.4:
- Added "Tarzan" as a possible name for Russian Blue Cats.
- Added "Miette" and "Tula" as possible names for Silver Cats.
- Added "Gemma" as a possible name for White Cats.
- Desktop 22.214.171.124: Added "Esper" as a possible name for Black Cats.
- Desktop 1.4.1:
- Removed "By" and "Tor" as possible names for Silver Cats.
- Added "By-Tor" and "Merlin" as possible names for Silver Cats.
- Desktop 126.96.36.199: Introduced.
- Console 188.8.131.52.4.1: Introduced.
- Mobile 184.108.40.206.0: Introduced.