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. 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 (Sun Legendary) & 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 (Unreleased Legendary)

  • 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! While it has not been released yet, there is speculation that it will be available in December 2018 through an event in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

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

  • Meowth & Persian

  • Skitty & Delcatty

  • Glameow & Purugly

  • Purrloin & Liepard

  • Shinx & Luxio & Luxra

  • Litleo & Pyroar (male & female)

  • Espurr & Meowstic (male & female)

  • Litten, Torracat, & Incineroar

  • Solgaleo (Sun Legendary)

  • Dusk Mane Necrozma

  • Zeraora (unreleased 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 Japanese.

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

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Pinkamena Pie
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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 »
LittledoggyC
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LittledoggyC

My favorite cat pokemon is Purrloin & Liepard they are just too cool! AWEOSOME!!

Skitty
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Skitty

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

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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Excuse me? Mew is not feline? Do you need an explanation of the word MEW? (Also, it HAS been confirmed that Mew is feline. Same for Mewtwo.) But anyway: Mew = sound a KITTEN makes. Mewtwo = close copy of Mew = also feline. Also yes, the Eeveeloutions are foxes, but it is worth mentioning: I am in pro cat showing. I have seen Maine Coon cats and had to take a second look bc I thought it was an Eevee at first glance. Plus, foxes are cat-dogs anyway.

Hayley Williams
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Hayley Williams

Espeon is A Cat Goblin though.

Janie Laswell
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Janie Laswell

pika pika

Vashlyn27
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Vashlyn27

Ermm… Mew?

Loleni T
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Loleni T

Ive always used him/her in my teams but what about Raikou , he is quiet clearly a cat , well more wild cat (saber-tooth tiger ) hence the stripes , not really to sure about his other two counterparts but Entei could be classed as part cat looking abit like a lion.

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Hear me roar
Eevee should not make the cut. They are mostly foxes, with some dog/cat/rodent in the mix. Some show more then others in certain evolutions. But the basis for all of them is still fox. If you collor a cat and a fennec in espeon collours you see it actually resembles a fennec more. I think the tail throws people off. They are not cats, They are mixes at best. Foxes at worst and in both cases should not make the list. That being said they do not belong on a dog or rodent list either. They do however belong in a fox list as that is their basis, while all other animal elements are just that, elements. Also some of the eevee evolutions are more dog like Jolteon, so that by default means you can’t list all Eevee evoltutions. Which means if you listed anything you could only list those… Read more »
Pacat
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Pacat

Weavile & Sneasel are cat pokemon too! (Srrly why do evariwone forget those 2)

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Because they are not cats? People don’t forget them, they don’t add them on purpose. They might have some cat like qualities, but that does not make them cats. Most pokemon are mixes of things. What defies if they are close to a real life animal or object is what they are based on most. If a pokemon is 80% cat 20% something else I say it qualifies as cat. if it’s 50/50 or less it does not. Weavile and Sneasel are 50/50 AT BEST but there is a chance they are just weasels and aren’t cats at all. Don’t take bulbapedia/or english pokedex to seriously as it’s often filled with bad translations or wrong information. You want to know for yourself what is the truth? The REAL truth? Learn japanese and read the japanese pokedex. Thats the only true canon of pokemon information as thats the direct source. Also… Read more »
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