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Chester

"Chester", the cat.

Tashas cat

The cat of Tasha Yar

A cat (Felis catus) is a small predatory mammal from Earth. Individuals of this type are often kept as pets among Humans. Examples of cats kept as pets include 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 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."

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 illusionary form when the Traveler inadvertently sent the USS Enterprise-D to the "edge of universe." (TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before")

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...")

Related or similar non-sentient species

Fictional cats

Related or similar sentient species

Catwoman

The feline dancer of Nimbus III

See also

  • Targ (described as a "Klingon kitty cat")

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