Gertrude Fairweather is a woman who lives in a small house just west of Varrock and south of the Cooks' Guild. She is the character to whom members must talk to begin both Gertrude's Cat and Rat Catchers quests. She also plays a minor role in A Tail of Two Cats. After completing Gertrude's Cat, Gertrude gives you 1 kitten for free. If you lose your cat, you may buy another kitten from her for 100 coins.
With the activated
ring of charos you can choose the colour of your new kitten. Doing this is required to complete the Varrock medium task, A Lick of Paint.
Gertrude has 4 children,
Shilop, Wilough (both of whom are featured in Gertrude's Cat quest), Kanel and Philop (neither featured in a quest). She also lives with Caleb Fitzharmon, although the exact nature of their relationship is unknown.
In the alternate version of Gielinor featured in
Dimension of Disaster, she runs a shop in New Varrock stocking Stew and Chocolate cake. She is also involved in a task that involves returning the reanimated body of Fluffs to her.
The name Gertrude may refer to Gertrude Of Nivelles who was a saint and patron of cats.
As written in the Varrock Census of the Defender of Varrock quest, Gertrude's husband was named Walter Fairweather and was a travelling merchant, apparently nowhere to be found in Gielinor at the actual moment. As she currently lives with Caleb, it is possible that they broke up, or he died.
While doing the A Tail of Two Cats quest, the player, while talking to Bob about Gertrude, calls her "the crazy cat lady", a reference to the crazy cat lady syndrome, a mental and behavioural disorder.
It is possible to trade your grown cat for 100 death runes in West Ardougne, which amounts to 16,800. If the easy set of the Ardougne Tasks has been completed, this is doubled to 200. This can be done as many times as desired.
When buying a new kitten from Gertrude and you have a full inventory a message in the chatbox says: "You don't have space in your bags for a new kitten". Notice how it says "bags" instead of "bag".
A glitch upon the release of RuneScape 3 caused the select-a-kitten interface to become unusable. This was fixed on 13 August 2013.
Gertrude is one of the possible people requiring identification in order to obtain the enchanted egg in Recipe for Disaster/Freeing the Lumbridge Sage.