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For the creature page of cats in Fallout 4, see house cat.
For an overview of pets in Fallout Shelter, see Fallout Shelter pets.
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The domestic cat (Felis catus or Felis silvestris catus), is a small, typically furry and carnivorous mammal. They were valued by humans before the Great War for their companionship and ability to hunt vermin, such as rodents, snakes, scorpions, and other household pests. Cats made their first live appearance in Fallout 4, being frequently seen in the Commonwealth, as common pets kept by both wastelander and vault dwellers alike.

Background[edit | edit source]

Cats are a rare sight in the post-nuclear United States, particularly west of the Rockies. Cats were largely hunted for food during the famines in the early decades of the 23rd centuries, driving them out of the region,[1] though not to extinction. The species managed to survive and thrive, and are uncommonly seen across the wastes (for example, in Broken Hills)[2], evidenced by the survival of cat-related expressions in common parlance.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Although not as common as before the Great War, domestic cats still survive in New California, the Commonwealth as of 2287 and in Appalachia in 2103.

The dearth of most varieties of cat in some regions, such as within the Mojave, has led some that still remember their existence to believe that cats in their entirety have become completely extinct.[9]

Variants[edit | edit source]

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Regular cats with standard statistics and characteristics but no special attributes.

Notable cats[edit | edit source]

Fallout 2[edit | edit source]

Fallout: New Vegas[edit | edit source]

A cat can be seen in the slideshow in the sacrificial chamber in Vault 11.

Fallout 4[edit | edit source]

Fallout 76[edit | edit source]

Cats return in Fallout 76, as either unique ones or a generated cluster of three level 1's with their name being different breeds, tabby being house cat.

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel[edit | edit source]

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel Mr. Pussy, a domestic cat, died in Carbon, Texas in 2208. Ruby the prostitute wanted to find him when he got lost, and asked the Initiate to help. They discovered the cat's corpse in the carbon crater and brought it back to Ruby.

Van Buren[edit | edit source]

Van Buren According to the Nursery design document, various cats were to make an appearance there. There would have been friendly domestic cats kept by humans, as well as wildcats, bobcats and panthers that were hostile to the player character.

Related quests[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Using the perk Animal Friend on a cat and attacking or getting caught stealing from a settlement, all settlers will attack the cat as though it is a threat, though it is not combat-enabled.
  • With the Wasteland Workshop add-on, a cat can be captured in any settlement via a cat cage. Once released, it will add 10 bonus happiness points to the settlement (as much as some tier 1-2 stores). A beta wave emitter is not necessary to tame them. Also unlike all other captures, cats captured this way are protected.
  • Fallout 4 is the first canon game in the series in which cats are seen alive (Fallout Shelter being non-canon).
  • Killed cats will usually have cat meat in their inventory.
  • Mr. House believes cats to be extinct as none can be found in the Mojave Wasteland.[9]
  • Cats are not hostile to the player character in any way.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O..pngThe following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • Cats are one of the few creatures in any Fallout game to be completely unaffected by radiation, at least externally. Some cats were possibly thrown into FEV vats by the Master in the Mariposa Military Base and by the Vault-Tec scientists in Vault 87, together with humans, dogs and other animals. The misshapen centaurs are the result of this mix.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O..pngEnd of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Cats are mentioned in Fallout 2, and Fallout: New Vegas, they first appeared in Fallout 4, and have since appeared in Fallout 76, and Fallout Shelter.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Fallout Shelter pet cats[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Chosen One: "{120}{}{Why the glum flace?}"
    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.}"
  2. Broken Hills citizen: "{261}{}{My cat's breath smells like cat food.}"
    (HcMALE.msg and HcFEMALE.msg)
  3. 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."
    (Veronica Santangelo's dialogue)
  4. Sandy: "{103}{}{Meow... meow... I am a cat. And I have special powers that only cats have. What are you?}"
  5. Vegeir: "{102}{}{A tall, stately man. His movements remind you of a cat stalking its prey.}"
  6. 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)
  7. Shark Club comedian: "{8000}{}{Super mutants?}"
    Heckler: "{8001}{}{Does this asshole ever stop telling these stupid jokes?}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8002}{}{What's so SUPER about them?}"
    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?}"
    Heckler: "{8006}{}{*Yawn*}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8007}{}{Uhhh... because super mutants don't rescue cats...}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8008}{}{They kill mercilessly!}"
    Heckler: "{8009}{}{Wish someone would kill you mershssmbl...}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8010}{}{So who calls them SUPER mutants?}"
    Shark Club comedian: "{8011}{}{Who are these people?}"
    Heckler: "{8012}{}{Probably the same idiots who hired you!}"
  8. Earl Marion: "{145}{}{While the cat's away…}"
  9. 9.0 9.1 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)
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