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Multiple realities
(covers information from several alternate timelines)
Spot, 2370

Spot, Data's cat

Chester

"Chester" the cat

Tashas cat

Tasha Yar's cat

A cat (Felis catus) was a small predatory mammal from Earth. Individuals of this type were often kept as pets among Humans. When cats were happy, they purred. Examples of cats kept as pets included Spot, owned by Data, (TNG: "Data's Day", "In Theory", "Schisms") Neelix, owned by Reginald Barclay, (VOY: "Pathfinder") and Chester, owned by Liam Bilby and, later, Miles O'Brien. (DS9: "Honor Among Thieves", "Time's Orphan") William T. Riker hated cats, but Beverly Crusher loved them. (TNG: "Timescape")

Some animal training manuals claimed that cats, by nature, could not be trained. (TNG: "Force of Nature") Unlike canines, they did not respond to verbal commands. (TNG: "Phantasms")

In 2267, the alien Sylvia demonstrated the power to assume the form of a cat. She accomplished this feat with the aid of a device called the transmuter, which was the one element of her wardrobe that did not change shape. (TOS: "Catspaw")

In 2268, the USS Enterprise, on a mission in the 20th century, encountered Gary Seven, an agent of a benevolent alien power that interfered to prevent civilizations from destroying themselves. He was accompanied by a cat named Isis, who was more than she initially appeared to be. Exactly what she was remains a mystery. She was evidently capable of understanding Gary Seven, and of communicating with him in at least a rudimentary fashion, and she accompanied him wherever he went. (TOS: "Assignment: Earth")

In 2269, a landing party from the Enterprise, while visiting the Shore Leave Planet, encountered a mechanical manifestation of an abnormally massive cat. (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet")

The novelization of "Once Upon a Planet" (as published in Star Trek Log 3) describes the cat in that story as "only slightly smaller than an elephant."

Later that year, after the Enterprise experienced an impulse wave from the Cepheus system, Captain James T. Kirk asked Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott about the performance of the engines. "Purring like happy kittens, Captain" was Scott's response. (TAS: "The Terratin Incident")

When she lived on the failed colony Turkana IV, Natasha Yar felt obligated to protect a cat while being chased by a rape gang. The cat appeared in illusory form when the Traveler inadvertently sent the USS Enterprise-D to the "edge of the universe." (TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before")

The novel Survivors by Jean Lorrah includes a brief portrayal of Tasha's childhood, including her cat, which is killed by a rape gang shortly before Tasha is rescued by a Starfleet away team.

In 2366, Jeremy Aster used to play "Captain Patches" with his pet cat, pretending Patches was a captain flying through space. (TNG: "The Bonding")

In 2370, Geordi La Forge borrowed Data's cat Spot in order to experience feline behavior before possibly getting his own cat. After the unruly feline broke a vase, a teapot, used a chair as a scratching post, and coughed up hairballs on La Forge's carpet, the engineer happily returned Spot to her owner. (TNG: "Force of Nature")

As of that year, there were 12 male felines aboard Enterprise-D. (TNG: "Genesis")

"Cat" was one of numerous words Miles O'Brien used due to his infection of the aphasia virus. (DS9: "Babel")

In the anti-time future seen by Jean-Luc Picard, Data had amassed a diverse collection of cats while a professor at Cambridge University. (TNG: "All Good Things...")

In the alternate reality, nearly a year after stardate 2259.55, after the USS Enterprise was rechristened, Captain James T. Kirk asked Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott about the performance of the new warp core. "Purrin' like a kitten, captain" was Scott's response. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

There have multiple behind-the-scenes references likening Vulcans to cats. An early description of the character Spock (from Star Trek is..., reprinted in The Making of Star Trek, p. 30, and NBC's early-1966 publicity booklet, reprinted in Inside Star Trek: The Real Story) described him as having a cat-like curiosity about everything of alien origin, even to his detriment. The final draft script of TOS: "Dagger of the Mind" referred to him launching himself at Simon Van Gelder, upon subduing him, with "a cat-like leap" (though in the final version of the episode, Spock runs to Van Gelder's position, instead of leaping). Similarly, during a press conference to announce the start of Star Trek: Enterprise, T'Pol actress Jolene Blalock expressed that T'Pol was "feline in her movements." (Star Trek Monthly issue 84,  p. 23) The character was likewise described as landing "cat-like" on a landing platform in the final draft script of "The Seventh".
Upon describing how Jahn was to steal a bunch of communicators, the final draft script of TOS: "Miri" likewise repeatedly likened him to a cat. The script's stage directions stated that he "slips catlike" into a room where those devices were being kept, and had "a cat-eating-the-canary look on his face" as he made his getaway.
Referring to the fact his initial impressions of Star Trek were formed by watching TOS, Archer actor Scott Bakula noted, "I'm an old cat." (Star Trek Monthly issue 84,  p. 23)

Related or similar species Edit

A "Gorokian feline" was referred to in the first draft script of VOY: "Death Wish". However, this creature was renamed a Gorokian midwife toad by the time the episode was shot.

Individual catsEdit

Fictional cats Edit

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Catwoman

The feline dancer on Nimbus III

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