All Pokemon are inspired by some form of animal, mythical beast, or object in the “real world”. They can be as obvious as a Squirtle being a turtle or as complex as a Jynx – which is said to be based on Yama-uba in design. But you came here for cats, didn’t you!? Here are all of the cat Pokemon!

Meowth & Persian (+ Alola Versions)

  • Type - Meowth & Persian : NORMAL - Alola Versians : DARK
  • Number - Meowth #52, Persian #53

The most famous pair of felines in the Pokemon world are without a doubt, Meowth & Persian. Meowth became the famous lippy cat of Team Rocket’s Jessie & James, being the only Meowth who can actually speak English. Why they continued to go after a generic Pikachu is beyond me! Persian which is the evolved form of Meowth is well known for being Giovanni’s (Team Rocket leader) cynical cat.


Skitty & Delcatty

  • Type – Skitty & Delcatty : NORMAL
  • Number – Skitty #300, Delcatty #301

These two cats are something like a pincushion and a pillow. No, seriously… Have you seen them? Skitty is a very cute and lovable form of a cat designed to appeal to the female fan base with its plush pink detailed coat and seedling like appearance. Delcatty, Skitty’s evolution form, goes for more of an almost flower-like appearance. I can’t help but stare at the neck pillow around Delcatty’s neck…

Glameow & Purugly

  • Type – Glameow & Purugly : NORMAL
  • Number – Glameow #431, Purugly #432

When it comes to a stereotypical pair, these two take the cake… err fish? Glameow is a prissy and classy cat, something like a Siamese cat. What makes it funny is that it starts out small and cute and then grows or rather evolves into a very plumpy not-so-cute cat. Nothing wrong with a fat cat but I think the name implies it goes from “glamorous” to “ugly” as it evolves.

Purrloin & Liepard

  • Type – Purrloin & Liepard : DARK
  • Number – Purrloin #509, Liepard #510

If Catwoman was not used to inspire this Pokemon duo, I’d be shocked! Purrloin has the typical cat features with a bit of a “masked” look to it. Liepard takes on another look entirely and clearly showcases that Purrloin becomes a leopard of sorts. A very nice concept and very vibrant colors make these two cats stand out from the rest.

Shinx & Luxio & Luxray

  • Type – Shinx, Luxio, & Luxray : ELECTRIC
  • Number – Shinx #403, Luxio #404, Luxray #405

While the ears may confuse some, this is definitely a cat styled Pokemon! I am not 100% sure what kind of cat it is modeled after but I would like to think of it as a panther mixed with a lion. Shinx is an adorable cub not featuring any of the black mane around the head, likely to be based on a lion or lynx cub. Luxio starts to bring in the mane with a very tough look. Finally, Luxray shows the full mane with the toughest look of the trio. I am not sure why, but Luxray reminds me of Sonic.

Litleo & Pyroar (male & female)

  • Type – Litleo & Pyroar : FIRE/NORMAL
  • Number – Litleo #667, Pyroar #668

Ah! The lion Pokemon! I really do appreciate how they approached this concept. When you have a male Litleo, it becomes a well-maned male Pyroar but if you have a female, it becomes the female equivalent with no mane. This concept is also seen in other Pokemon and is something I wish they did since first gen. Either way, Simba would be proud!

Espurr & Meowstic (male & female)

  • Type – Espurr & Meowstic : PSYCHIC
  • Number – Espurr #677, Meowstic #678

I can’t be alone with saying that Espurr looks like that one stuffed animals that didn’t get played with enough! I love the concept behind it, almost appearing like a teddy bear. Meowstic is another Pokemon to feature both sexes, the navy being a male and the white, a female. Whichever you prefer, both are very cute and quite tough for their size!

Litten, Torracat, & Incineroar

  • Type – Litten & Torracat : FIRE – Incineroar : FIRE/DARK
  • Number – Litten #725, Torracat #726, Incineroar #727

The newest addition to the list is none other than one of three starters from Pokemon Sun & Moon, Litten! This cute cat has the appeal of the tradition “I’d had enough petting for the day” cat with a fun twist… It is a fire type! Unlike Pyroar, this little guy is far from a lion! The second stage (Torracat) has some differences that begin to make this Pokemon more tough including a fire bell, claws, and a slightly more “rugged” coat. Litten’s final stage (Incineroar) is basically what I would consider Pokemon’s cat-man version of Brock Lesnar. I shall call him… BROCK!… LESPURR!

Solgaleo & Dusk Mane Necrozma

  • Type – PSYCHIC/STEEL
  • Number – #791

This fierce looking fella is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the Sun game that will be coming out in November. His design is very different from Pyroar in that he appears more like the sun and has a galaxy inspired forehead. Believe it or not, he is not even a fire type! NOPE! He is a steel and psychic type. Mega-Metagross is an example of how powerful this mix can be! I have a feeling Solgaleo will be an instant favorite for people into competitive play… Assuming this powerful lion is legal!

Dusk Mane Necrozma is a fusion of Solgaleo and the ultra beast, Necrozma. Whilst this is a fusion and not a stand-alone cat Pokemon, I feel it is worth adding seeing as it is still a form using Solgaleo, the Sun Legendary lion.

Zeraora

  • Type – ELECTRIC
  • Number – #807

This 4’11 feline juggernaut will be a fast favorite! Its base speed is 144 which beats out Electrode, making it the fastest electric Pokemon in the game! Zeraora will be available in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in the US at Gamestop from October 19 to November 9!

To sum up the post, the complete list of “cat only” Pokemon is below:

  • Meowth & Persian

  • Skitty & Delcatty

  • Glameow & Purugly

  • Purrloin & Liepard

  • Shinx & Luxio & Luxray

  • Litleo & Pyroar (male & female)

  • Espurr & Meowstic (male & female)

  • Litten, Torracat, & Incineroar

  • Solgaleo (Sun Legendary)

  • Dusk Mane Necrozma

  • Zeraora (Legendary)

It’s worth mentioning that there are other Pokemon who do have cat-like features but because they are too heavily split between being a cat and something else (Like Snorlax for example), they did not make the list. Many common ones people put up for debate include the Eeveelutions, Mew, Raikou, and Absol. The Eeveelutions are based on elemental foxes, the balance of energies in “one”. Mew is an embryo-like alien said to be formed from mixed DNA of all Pokemon. Raikou is based loosely on Raiju, also known as the “thunder beast” and is made up of dog, cat, and rodent parts. Finally, Absol, which is loosely based on Bai Ze meaning “White Marsh” in Chinese. 

What is your favorite cat inspired Pokemon? Let us know in the comments!

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Haley
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Haley

“Bai ze” is Chinese for “white marsh,” not Japanese. The Japanese pronunciation is “hakutaku.”

Babs Bunny
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Babs Bunny

Mew is based on the hairless Egyptian Sphinx cat.

anomous
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anomous

I love meowstic but are they switched cuz my friend watched the show and the one you called female she said that the female version was a male

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Nope, the article is correct. The white variation is female and the blue one is male.

Nightfeather
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Nightfeather

btws how did snorlax get into the debate? i dont see why that could happen
as for absol i think it looks like a mythical creature. no way it got into the debate.
abt eevee i can see the fox like thing, and i could see rhe similaries…i will let that pass
mew.. of course it passes!

Nightfeather
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Nightfeather

i like the delcatty cuz its cute and i reminds me of my moms old neck pillow with needles in it
plus how is mew NOT a cat? i understand mewtwo but not mew…

Skitty
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Skitty

Mew is sorta like a cat…but sorta like a fetus

Dog
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Dog

Yeah yours

Nick
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Nick

the Shinx evolution chain is modeled after a Lynx, hence the name

Jirachi kitty
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Jirachi kitty

yo uh… hate to tell you but you clearly missed victini. its ears are proof its a feline. Also you missed the fact that ESPURR is not a pure bred kitty
~ Sincerely, Jirachi

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Pinkamena Pie

I always thought Entei was a big ol’ kitty…. “Entei may be based on Chinese guardian lions, or Lions of Foo, creatures that resemble fully grown male lions. They are often confused with canines and incorrectly called “Foo Dogs” by Westerners. Their original significance was serving as guardians (like gargoyles upon churches) at Buddhist temples. The image of a ferocious beast would scare intruders away. This correlates with Entei being seen as a guardian in the third movie, protecting Molly and her allies. Like a real lion, Entei boasts a regal mane, long retractable claws, and a strong, bulky, yet agile body. Its face is short and bears resemblance to a lion’s skull — short and wedged, but with the unique flatness that ShiShi statues also bore. The yellow design on its head could be interpreted as a stylized crown or a Kabuto helmet. In China, the lion is regarded… Read more »

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