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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")

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 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")

It is possible that Natasha Yar had a cat. She at least felt obligated to protect one while being chased by a rape gang, when she lived on the failed colony Turkana IV, which appeared in illusory form when the Traveler inadvertently sent the USS Enterprise-D to the "edge of 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, Young Jeremy used to play "Captain Patches" with a cat, pretending Patches was a captain flying through space. (TNG: "The Bonding")

"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)

An early description of the character Spock described him as having a cat-like curiosity about everything of alien origin, even to his detriment.

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The feline dancer on Nimbus III

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