The best cats in science fiction and fantasy

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By Hodderscape Team

Posted on August 20, 2015 in Books, Film with tags Cats, Tad Williams

From manticores to unicorns, from Shaggydog the direwolf to Cerberus, there are animals aplenty in fantasy and science fiction. But the best – most enigmatic, most dangerous, most inspiring and most lovable – are (of course) cats. Today we’ve rounded up a few favourite SFFnal cats for you. Who’d we miss?


Ser Pounce from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

Ser Pounce is one of the three kittens given to the young King Tommen in A Feast for Crows. He is the most docile of the bunch, and the most like Tommen in personality. Tommen’s bond with this sweet little ball of fluff shows perfectly just how different Tommen is from his sadistic brother Joffrey.







The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.”

The Cheshire Cat is one of the most iconic cats in literature. Entertaining, philosophical, and ever so slightly sinister, his slowly fading grin is an image which never quite leaves you.





Mogget from Sabriel by Garth Nix

We all know that if cats could talk they would be full of sarcasm and sass, and Mogget is no exception.  A strong Free Magic creature who has been imprisoned in the form of a small white cat for a few hundred years, Mogget is Sabriel’s primary companion on her quest. His tongue may be cutting at times, but he proves through the book but his heart is ultimately in the right place.






Lying Cat from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Lying Cat loves attention and cuddles just like any other cat, and is a faithful companion to The Will. What makes her different though is that she can sense when others are lying, and will immediately call them out on it. Add the fact that she has been proven to be vicious in a fight, and you have yourself a pretty cool (although not so furry) companion.





Mrs Norris from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Not many people understand the bond between human and feline better than Argus Filch and Mrs Norris. Filch may seem to despise everything else, but no one can deny that he loves his cat. Seeing her prowling around the school is enough to strike fear into the hearts of any misbehaving Hogwarts students, because when you see Mrs Norris you know that Filch won’t be far behind…





tailchasers-songFritti Tailchaser from Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams

Tailchaser’s Song is an epic of high fantasy and grand adventure, where gods walk amongst their people and where even very small creatures can change the world. Weaving through the tall grasses of this world is Fritti Tailchaser, a young ginger tomcat with a good heart and a restless spirit. When his friend Hushpad vanishes, Tailchaser sets out to find her. His journey will take him further than he ever thought possible.





The Cat from Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Cat appears and disappears at will, and can speak to the Other World. You know, just like any ol’ cat…

“We could be friends, you know,” said Coraline.

“We could be a rare specimen of an exotic breed of African dancing elephants,” said the cat. “But we’re not. At least,” it added cattily, after darting a brief look at Coraline, “I’m not.”


19 comments on “The best cats in science fiction and fantasy”

  • Lisa (@EffingRainbow) says:

    *Comes stomping in from Twitter* I OBJECT. I demand Greebo be reinstated to his rightful place AT ONCE. 😉

  • Laura (@stars__cascade) says:

    Where is greebo!?

    We demand greebo.

  • Brian Stabler says:

    How could you omit Greebo? He’s THE cat.

  • Tim Hicks says:


  • Tim Hicks says:

    And if you include “most dangerous” where are the Kzin?

  • Skippy says:

    Yes we must have Greebo. And Pixel from Robert Heinlein/Spider Robinson.

  • Tim Hicks says:

    Greebo definitely belongs. Expand the list!

  • Peter Monck says:

    Oh, people. Where is Petronius the Arbiter in this? If you haven’t read Heinlein’s ‘The Door into Summer’, then your education might be considered to be sadly lacking. Here is a cat who is a legend among cats!

  • Chris Corby says:

    Greebo definitely. Also Austin from Tanya Huff’s Keeper series. Anyone who lives with cats knows an Austin.

  • Mick says:

    Behemoth from The Master and Margarita!

  • Mieneke van der Salm says:

    Also Hansa the Firecat from Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar universe!

  • Thor Halbert says:

    Cat Sith from Harry Dresden (Cold Days, I think).

  • Lyzard says:

    All of Morwen’s cats from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. And Honor Harrington’s Nimitz. And, if we’re including TV, Data’s cat Spot 🙂

  • Xan says:

    RK (Road Kill) of Anne McCaffrey’s “Acorna” series!

    And yes, of course Greebo, I mean… How could you not!

    … oh, and from my childhood, Gobbolino the witch’s cat!

    I’ll stop there!

  • PJ Lightning says:

    As well as Greebo and Nimitz, what about Tick-tock from theTelsey Amberdon stories by James Schmitz?

  • H.van Bronkheuvel says:

    Enkai Bilal’s Gogol the telepathic alien cat and ex-terrorist
    Jones – Enough said
    Pyewacket – more fantasy really
    And Gary Seven’s so called cat

  • Jerry Moore says:

    I’ve been reading Science-Fiction and fantasy for sixty years, and I’ve been naming my cats from the stories I’ve read for almost that long. The first was Lilith (Queen of Air and Darkness), who we called ‘Lilly’ followed by ‘Captain Wow’ and ‘Lady May’ from ‘The Game of Rat and Dragon’ – among their kittens were ‘Zandru’ and ‘Aldones’ from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series {we named kittens for all four of Darkover’s gods, but gave the other two away}, and yeah, the last four weren’t cats in the stories, but we DO have a ‘Luna’ from the ‘Sailor Moon’ stories. I also support Terry Pratchett’s ‘Grebo’ although I haven’t named a cat after him.

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