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Spot, Lieutenant Commander Data's pet cat.

A cat (Felis sylvestris catus or Felis domesticus) is a small animal lifeform native to the planet Earth. A mammal, cats were felines that were domesticated by Humans thousands of years ago, and since that time have been kept as pets by Humans both on and off their homeworld.

Sometimes called "housecats", that term fell out of use by the 23rd century, to avoid confusion with the Meridian housecat, a large animal that hosted smaller symbiotic organisms. (TOS novel: Prime Directive)

Cat were also kept as pets by some Vulcans on the planet Vulcan. (TOS novel: Dwellers in the Crucible)'Spock called Gary Seven's cat Isis "a lovely animal". (TOS episode: "Assignment: Earth")

See also: felinoid

Notable cats[]

Fictional and mythological cats[]

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