A cat is a tiny, predatory mammal.

Cats include both domestic cats, which are common pets for humanoids, and tougher, feral, and slightly larger wild cats.

Description[edit | edit source]

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

Cats come in many different breeds, and typically weigh 8 to 10 pounds, though they have been known to get quite chubby if pampered.

Personality and alignment[edit | edit source]

Abilities and traits[edit | edit source]

Cats have retractable claws they can use for defense, as well as to climb. They are agile leapers, and can hunt effectively in the day or at night. Cats are difficult to surprise.

Domestic cats are capable of bursts of increased speed that can last up to 10 minutes.

Ecology[edit | edit source]

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Environment[edit | edit source]

Lair[edit | edit source]

Cats tend to roam.

Life cycle[edit | edit source]

A well-treated cat lives for about 15 years. When rearing kittens (typically one to five in a litter), a mother cat will fight to the death to defend them.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Society and culture[edit | edit source]

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Relationships and family[edit | edit source]

Domestic cats are frequent familiars, and may also be used by hunters in catching vermin or birds. Cats are effective at controlling pests in settled regions, and are often kept as useful creatures and companions by nobles and peasants alike.

Organization[edit | edit source]

Cats are typically solitary, but may be organized into groups of up to twelve members.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Allies and minions[edit | edit source]

Religion[edit | edit source]

Language[edit | edit source]

Treasure[edit | edit source]

Harvesting[edit | edit source]

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History[edit | edit source]

Some societies worship cats as divine beings, while others view them as minions of evil.

Notable cats[edit | edit source]

For a full list of cats, see Category:Cats.

Related creatures[edit | edit source]

The great cats, such as lions and tigers, are related to cats but distinct from them.

Elven cats are a more intelligent, magical breed of cat kept by elves. Winged cats, called tressym, are known in the Forgotten Realms.

Publication history[edit | edit source]

AD&D 1st edition[edit | edit source]

Cats were first detailed in Monster Manual II (1e) (1983), which described the domestic cat and the wild cat.

AD&D 2nd edition[edit | edit source]

Cats returned in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989), which included both house cats and wild cats under the mammal, small entry. Cats were given their own entry in the Monstrous Manual (1993), cat, small, which listed the domestic cat and wild cat along with the elven cat.

D&D 3rd edition[edit | edit source]

The cat was listed in the Animals section of the Monster Manual (3.0) (2000) and the Monster Manual (3.5) (2003), where it was assigned the animal creature type.

D&D 4th edition[edit | edit source]

The cat was described in Dragon #399 (May 2011), where it was categorized as a natural beast.

D&D 5th edition[edit | edit source]

The cat was updated for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition in the Miscellaneous Creatures section of the Monster Manual (5e) (2014), where it was assigned the beast type.

Creative origins[edit | edit source]

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Reception and influence[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

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