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"I don’ like cats, they make me sneeze."
Rubeus Hagrid's dislike of cats[src]

A cat is a small, furry domesticated mammal of the feline family,[4] which is used in both the wizarding and Muggle worlds as a pet.[3]

Description

Cats were sometimes kept as pets of witches and wizards. Students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry were allowed to bring cats, among owls and toads, as their permitted pet at the school.[3] The Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley had many cats for sale.[5] Among the students known to have brought cats were Hermione Granger[5] and Millicent Bulstrode.[6]

Rubeus Hagrid remarked to Harry Potter on 31 July 1991 that he disliked cats, as they made him sneeze, implying he was allergic to them.[3]

In 1992, Hermione accidentally partly transformed herself into a cat with a botched Polyjuice Potion, having inadvertently added a hair from Bulstrode's cat, believing the hair belonged to its owner. As the potion was not intended for cross-species transformations, this resulted in Hermione spending the rest of her Christmas holidays in the school's Hospital wing to be returned to normal.[7]

Cats were also able to interbreed with Kneazles, and generally had up to eight kittens in every litter. Some wizards and witches made a living by breeding Kneazles or part-Kneazles. Arabella Figg, a Squib, made her living in this manner.[8][9]

It is a possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[10][11] Minerva McGonagall's Patronus was a cat.[12] There were also Animagi wizards and witches who could assume the form of a cat, notably Minerva McGonagall.[13]

They could see or detect Dementors, as Mr Tibbles was able to inform his owner Arabella Figg of the Dementors present in Little Whinging on the 2 August, 1995.[9]

In addition to having a persian cat Patronus,[14] Dolores Umbridge seemed to have a fondness for kittens (baby or young cats). She owned a set of ornamental plates featuring kittens as well as pink notes with pictures of kittens in the corners,[15] and attached one with the note "To be punished" to a wanted poster of Harry Potter labelling him as "Undesirable Number One".[14] However, she found the real ones to be too much of a hassle to take care of, so she only focused on cat-themed decorations.[16]

Types of cats

Cats in cages in the Magical Menagerie

A white cat

A persian cat

Coat types

Breeds

Known cats

Pure-breed cats

Half-cat half-kneazle

Unspecified genetics

Known cat Patronuses

Known Animagus cats

Behind the scenes

Possible cats that can be purchased in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  4. WP favicon.PNG Cat on Wikipedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  8. Squibs, FAQ section, www.jkrowling.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2 (A Peck of Owls)
  10. (see this image)
  11. (see this image)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30 (The Sacking of Severus Snape)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
  16. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Dolores Umbridge" at Wizarding World
  17. 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 Pottermore
  18. Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
  19. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  20. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2 (The Vanishing Glass)
  22. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 10 (Kreacher's Tale)
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  25. Wonderbook: Book of Potions
  26. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Side Quest "Scaredy-Cats"
  27. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  28. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)
  29. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
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