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Fallout 4House cat
Fallout 76Cat
Fallout ShelterCat

The domestic cat is a small, hair-covered, mammal. Live cats are first seen in the Commonwealth, frequently kept as pets and sometimes seen living freely in the wasteland.


Valued by humans before the Great War for their companionship and ability to hunt vermin, cats survived the nuclear holocaust, subsequently existing in reduced numbers. The creatures are found commonly in the Commonwealth and Appalachia and less-so on the West Coast in establishments such as Broken Hills.[1] Utilized as food during times of famine, some poor towns no longer have cats [2] and Robert House believes them to be extinct.[3]

None-the-less, several wastelanders encountered across the former United States either own cats, talk about their past pets, or make references to cats as slang and cliches.[4][5][6][7] Similar to before the war, cats are usually found near human habitation.[8][9]




Gameplay articles: none (mentioned in Fallout 2, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel)


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Gameplay article: Fallout Shelter

In Fallout Shelter, one can enlist the help of several breeds of cat for exploring the wasteland. That cats will assist dwellers by protecting them and helping them return to the vault with valuable items.


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Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas)

A variant seen in the slideshow for the Vault 11 sacrificial chamber.

House cat

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Gameplay article: Fallout 4

Commonly found in the Commonwealth, found as strays and owned by others. Some cats can be domesticated with a cat cage and will contribute to settlement happiness. Cats will tend to a cat bowl and stay near to it. They will normally flee when confronted with combat situations, found outside settlement boundaries for a short time before wandering back home.


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Gameplay article: Fallout 76

A variant found commonly throughout the former state of West Virginia. Peaceful creatures, who are found both with and without human companions, can be found while exploring each Appalachian region.


Cats are mentioned in Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, appearing first in Fallout 4 and have since appeared in Fallout 76, and Fallout Shelter.

Behind the scenes

FB8 deco 301 color.pngThe following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and is speculative and may not be accurate.
  • The canceled Van Buren game planned to include cats, including friendly domestic cats and enemies in the wasteland such as bobcats and panthers.[10]
  • The description of the Ocicat from Fallout Shelter ("The closest you'll get to an ocelot. Revolver not included.") is a reference to Metal Gear Solid character Revolver Ocelot.
FB8 deco 301 color.pngEnd of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.



  1. Broken Hills citizen: "{261}{}{My cat's breath smells like cat food.}"
    (HcMALE.msg and HcFEMALE.msg)
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Chosen One: "{120}{}{Why the glum face?}"
    Stacy: "{134}{}{Oh, nothing really. Just sometimes I get thinking about my mom and cat. I miss them so very much.}"
    The Chosen One: "{135}{}{Cat?}"
    Stacy: "{137}{}{Yeah, Cuddles. She was such a sweet cat. I really don't feel like talking about it... Well, unless you'd like to buy me a drink. That might help.}"
    The Chosen One: "{139}{}{Of course I will. I'd love to hear about it.}"
    Stacy: "{146}{}{I hear there used to be ones that were as big as you and me. They used to eat animals as big as a brahmin. Now that's scary stuff.}"
    The Chosen One: "{148}{}{Yeah, it is.}"
    Stacy: "{149}{}{The kind I'm talking about is a small cute animal, bigger than a rat but smaller than a dog. Some are fluffy, like my Cuddles, but others have short hair.}"
    The Chosen One: "{150}{}{Really?}"
    Stacy: "{151}{}{They like to be pet like a dog does, but cats make this wonderful relaxing sound when you pet them.}"
    The Chosen One: "{152}{}{Strange.}"
    Stacy: "{153}{}{Cuddles always used to help me go to sleep at night. I think of her every night when I try to go to sleep.}"
    The Chosen One: "{155}{}{Go on.}"
    Stacy: "{156}{}{I had her when I was a kid, but she disappeared. I didn't know then what happened to her, I was too young.}"
    The Chosen One: "{157}{}{Why?}"
    Stacy: "{158}{}{Well, food was awfully scarce back then and people had to eat. It's quite sad really...}"
    The Chosen One: "{159}{}{What?}"
    Stacy: "{160}{}{People would hunt them because they were such easy prey. None of them are around anymore because of it.}"
    The Chosen One: "{162}{}{I can understand that.}"
    Stacy: "{163}{}{Those were the wild ones, but I'm sure that's what happened to mine. Now I know why Mom always kept a close eye on her.}"
  3. The Courier: "I had to wipe out their leadership."
    Robert House: "There's more than one way to skin a cat, as the saying goes. Or Went, that is - cats being extinct. I don't promote political assassination as a first option, but it has a long and storied history. I'll consider the Boomers neutralized."
    (Robert House's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "I'd like to, but I can't take you with me right now."
    Veronica Santangelo: "Aw, you really know how to make a girl feel like a stray cat. But okay. My offer stands, if we run into each other again."<br /(Veronica Santangelo's dialogue)
  5. Sandy: "{103}{}{Meow... meow... I am a cat. And I have special powers that only cats have. What are you?}"
  6. Vegeir: "{102}{}{A tall, stately man. His movements remind you of a cat stalking its prey.}"
  7. Moira Brown: "Well, you're alive... That's the good news. But there was a little side effect. A teeny, tiny, um, mutation. But it seems to be benign, at least. Here, take a few radiation Chems, as my little way of saying, "I'm sorry I twisted your DNA like a kitten with a ball of yarn.""
    (Moira Brown's dialogue)
  8. Shark Club comedian: "{8003}{}{When was the last time you saw a super mutant...}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8004}{}{Get a cat out of a tree?}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8005}{}{Never! Know why?}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8007}{}{Uhhh... because super mutants don't rescue cats...}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8008}{}{They kill mercilessly!}"
    (Shark Club comedian's dialogue)
  9. Earl Marion: "{145}{}{While the cat's away…}"
    (Earl Marion's dialogue)
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