"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 are sometimes kept as pets of witches and wizards. Students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are 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]

Cats are also able to interbreed with Kneazles, and generally have up to eight kittens in every litter. Some wizards and witches make a living by breeding Kneazles or part-Kneazles. Arabella Figg, a Squib, made her living in this manner.[6][7] It is a possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[8][9] Minerva McGonagall's Patronus was a cat.[10] There are also Animagi wizards and witches, some of whom can assume the form of a cat 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.[7]

In addition to having a persian cat Patronus,[11] 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,[12] and attached one with the note "To be punished" to a wanted poster of Harry Potter labelling him as "Undesirable Number One".[11] 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.[13]

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 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  4. WP favicon.PNG Cat on Wikipedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  6. Squibs, FAQ section, www.jkrowling.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2 (A Peck of Owls)
  8. (see this image)
  9. (see this image)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30 (The Sacking of Severus Snape)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
  13. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Dolores Umbridge" at Wizarding World
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 Pottermore
  15. Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
  16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  17. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2 (The Vanishing Glass)
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  20. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)
  21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 10 (Kreacher's Tale)
  22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  23. Wonderbook: Book of Potions
  24. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  25. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)
  27. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
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