|Release date||28 July 2003 (Update)|
|Food|| Fish (cooked or raw) or milk as a kitten, |
none as an adult
|Examine|| Inventory: |
This kitten seems to like you. (Kitten)
This cat definitely likes you. (Cat)
This cat is so well fed it can hardly move. (Overgrown)
Cats are pets that can follow the player. In order to obtain a pet cat, a player must complete Gertrude's Cat and get a kitten from Gertrude. Their first kitten is free, and each kitten after that is bought for 100 coins, though players cannot own more than one kitten at a time. If players have an activated Ring of charos, obtained during the Garden of Tranquillity quest, then they are able to charm Gertrude into allowing them to choose what colour kitten they will receive while purchasing a kitten. Otherwise, players will be given a kitten of a random colour.
A pet kitten needs to be fed. If its hunger reaches 100%, it will run away in search of food. Any raw or cooked fish can be used to feed a kitten. Additionally, players can feed their kitten a bucket of milk. Unlike other pets, kittens also needs attention in the form of being interacted with, or else they will get lonely and run away. When a kitten is about to run away due to loneliness, players will receive a message in their chat box alerting them. Players can use the summoning interface to find information about their pet cat while it is following them, such as its hunger percentage and its percentage until fully grown.
Players can interact with their kitten or cat in a number of ways, via right-clicking the cat and selecting Interact-with. Stroking a cat requires no items. However, if players wish to play with their kitten, they must use a ball of wool on it. This will not use up the ball of wool. A kitten can also catch rats via the Chase-vermin option, but has a success rate of 15%. Players can also shoo away their kitten from the Interact-with menu using the Shoo-away option.
After two and a half hours of following a player, a kitten will grow into an adult cat, which no longer needs food or attention. Players are still able to interact with adult cats, and the cat's success rate at catching rats increases to 50% upon growing up. Players can also sell their cat to civilians in West Ardougne in exchange for 100 death runes. This amount increases to 200 death runes if the player has completed the easy tasks in the Ardougne diary. Players do not need to be wearing their Ardougne cloak in order to get the bonus runes.
Even as an adult, a cat will continue to grow, eventually becoming an overgrown cat. Once overgrown, a cat cannot catch rats any more, but it can still be sold in West Ardougne. Players can also turn their overgrown cat into a wily cat if they have completed the Ratcatchers quest. Although players may only own one kitten or cat at a time, there is no limit to the amount of overgrown cats that a player can own. A player may even own multiple overgrown cats of the same colour variation; overgrown cats of the same colour variation will stack in the player's bank. Additionally the number of wily or lazy cats owned is limited to one. Players cannot get a new kitten from Gertrude until any other kitten/cat they own becomes overgrown or is stored in a menagerie.
If a kitten or cat catches 100 rats, Gertrude will award the player with a cat training medal, which is one of the medium tasks in the Varrock diary. In addition, cats in all stages of growth can be used in the Rat Pits minigame. They are also required for a number of quests, like Icthlarin's Little Helper and its sequels, Smoking Kills, and A Tail of Two Cats. A cat of any kind, including a kitten, is required to begin Do No Evil, as it is needed to speak to the Sphinx.
A pet kitten or cat is also required for the Freeing Evil Dave sub-quest of Recipe for Disaster, one of the rewards being the ability to turn your kitten or cat into a hellcat. Another special cat variant, the purple cat, is unlocked via the Purple Cat miniquest, which is available after completing Swept Away. A third special variant is a Clockwork cat which can be made on a Crafting table 4 in a player-owned house's workshop, or bought from other players.
|Black and white|
|White and blue|
|Brown and white|
- Gertrude's Cat
- Do No Evil
- Icthlarin's Little Helper
- A Tail of Two Cats
- Smoking Kills
- Freeing Evil Dave sub-quest of Recipe for Disaster
- When talking to one's cat, the player may say "What's new kitty?", which may be a reference to the song "What's New Pussycat?".
- When trying to use an alchemy spell on a kitten or a cat, a player will get the message "You can't do that to a defenceless kitten!" or "You can't do that to a defenceless cat!", respectively.
- A cat can be put into a cat basket inside a player-owned house. To do this, the player has to click their cat, in any stage of growth, and use it on the cat basket.
- There is a glitch where, if one's cat is playing with string and the player gives it another ball of wool, the string moves separately from the cat.
- If you ask an adult cat "How old are you now?" it will reply, "I'm not too old, and not too young, in fact I think I'm just right," which is a reference to Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
- There is currently a bug where, if you try to pick up someone else's kitten the message will say "That's not your cat." instead of "That's not your kitten." However, the interact option on a kitten you do not own produces the correct message.
- It is not currently possible to name each cat you own, naming a cat gives the name to all owned cats.
- During the mindspike glitch, it was proven that cats have 120 life points, and will attack back if they are attacked by players.
- When a pet cat is killed, a soul will appear and fly into the sky.
- When shooing away your cat, you can attempt to pick it up in the brief seconds it remains before it disappears. Doing so gives the message "This is not your cat".
- There was bug upon the release of Runescape 3 which was when wearing the ring of charos (a) and speaking to Gertrude and picking the option to (charm) the menu pops up blank and empty, this prevented you from choosing your own coloured cat. (This also prevented the completion of the Varrock medium achievements) to the dismay of many players.