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A cat, also known as Felis catus, (AUDIO: The Case of the Missing Gasogene) was a type of predatory and usually small feline mammal. Cats came in a variety of colours and shapes and were commonly domesticated as pets. (PROSE: Human Nature)
Originally biologically engineered by the pre-time travel Gallifreyans as the calculating animals with tails (of which phrase "cat" was an acronym), the Gallifreyan cat had then been seeded throughout the universe by the Gallifreyans as part of their effort to set themselves up as gods. Gallifreyan cats were intelligent, talking beings, though they still served as pets to their humanoid owners; (PROSE: The Legacy of Gallifrey) the Tenth Doctor once explained to Donna Noble that not only were the cats on Earth not native to the planet rather of alien origins, but that they too were intelligent beings. Rather than the prosaic names their human "owners" tended to give them, their actual names were much grander like "Great Hunter Grimalkin Greycoat Lionheart". Donna, however, did not believe him. (COMIC: Autopia) The cats that resided in Levenshulme corroborated this, as they all displayed intelligence comparable to that of a human, and they chose their names too, but they tended to be subtler. (PROSE: The Story of Fester Cat)
Cats in Earth culture
Victorian showmen used to draw the crowds by taking the skull of a cat, glueing it to a fish, and calling it a mermaid. The Ninth Doctor compared the Slitheen's Space Pig with this trick while explaining the Space Pig's true nature to Toshiko Sato. (TV: Aliens of London)
Multiple pictures of cats with sunglasses existed on the internet. Miss Quill scrolled through them during class on her iPad. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die) She admitted to Tanya Adeola that she found them oddly and surprisingly interesting. (PROSE: What She Does Next Will Astound You)
Cats and the Doctor
The Doctor's relationship with cats varied.
A cat tried to attack the First Doctor and his companions while they were shrunk to a small size. The Doctor and his companions had to freeze since one swipe of the paw would smash them to pieces. (TV: Planet of Giants)
The Sixth Doctor usually wore a coat with one of several cat brooches on its left lapel. (TV: The Twin Dilemma) The coat occasionally had a variable number of cat-shaped patches sewn into its lining. He sometimes touched his cat brooch for luck when he was about to carry out a dangerous task. (TV: Attack of the Cybermen) One of his cat badges seemed to change its expression to match the Doctor's mood. (WC: Real Time)
The Seventh Doctor and Ace encountered a mysterious black cat-like extraterrestrial that was transporting humans to another world. The two initially thought it was a house cat until its alien nature was identified. This was actually a Kitling. (TV: Survival)
The Doctor discovered a cat aboard the TARDIS that had come aboard without his knowledge. After it jumped on the TARDIS console, the Doctor kicked it out on an alien planet, to Tamsin's dismay. He defended his actions by asserting that the cat was already an alien and thus could survive adequately on an alien world. The cat turned out to be a highly intelligent creature. He also claimed that cats were popular among his people on Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Nevermore)
On encountering a ginger cat, the Tenth Doctor declared he was not a cat person, due to being once "threatened by one in a nun's wimple." Chloe Webber later drew the same cat, trapping it in a picture for the Isolus to play with. Along with the Doctor and all the other people and things in Chloe's drawings, it was restored by Rose Tyler. (TV: Fear Her)
The Doctor and Rose encountered a cat called Mitzi, a test subject which had been sent into Hyperspace and ended up ruling the planet Photris. After freeing the humans on Phostris from Mitzi's control, the Doctor and Rose took Mitzi to the Powell Estate where she would be found and adopted by a younger Rose and Jackie Tyler under the name Puffin. (PROSE: The Cat Came Back)
After that, he got over his cat hatred — despite previous statements, "he seemed to be getting on OK with this one". Just as he was coming around, though, the Hervoken used the Necris to force cats to attack the Doctor. (PROSE: Forever Autumn)
In 2007, when ghosts appeared all over the world, Suzy Monroe wanted to film them for the TV show Ghostwatch. She was trying to have a look at some viewers' sightings. At one of the viewers' sightings, Suzy saw a black and white cat which she fondled. No ghost appeared and Suzy left. Meanwhile, Sheila G wrote an SMS to Ghostwatch and asked why her cat was scared of the ghosts. (WC: Ghostwatch)
Behind the scenes
In Scream of the Shalka, a story not considered a valid source by this wiki, a Time Lord that was known as the Ninth Doctor once met a homeless cat lady. After she mentioned a cat she lost in 1987, he said the cat "must have used up his nine lives, rather like me".