The Pokemon franchise is full of creatures that come in all shapes and sizes, and for any cat lovers out there, there are some particularly adorable furry felines to catch throughout the series. As Trainers embark on their Pokemon journey, they’ll find plenty of cat Pokemon along the way, and fans will have the pick of the litter with ‘mon like Meowth, Purrloin, Sprigatito, and Litten.
Pokemon are all unique and their designs take inspiration from a variety of sources such as fantasy creatures and even inanimate objects like the Fire-type Charizard, and the ice cream Vanillite. Many creatures in the games however take their design cues from real-life animals, and cats, in particular, have been a big source of inspiration over the past 25 years of catching ’em all.
Whether you’re a big cat person or more of a dog lover, it’s certainly true that our furry companions make a great base for Pokemon design. One of the most iconic cat-inspired Pokemon was Meowth and its evolution Persian – who was introduced to trainers all the way back in Gen 1’s Red and Blue.
As more games have been released over the years, we’ve met even more feline ‘mon, including the popular, lion-inspired Luxray. You can find a list of every single cat Pokemon in the Pokedex as of 2022 below.
How do you define what makes the cut to be a ‘cat Pokemon’? Some are explicitly described as such in their Pokedex entries. Meowth is the ‘Scratch Cat’ for example, while Gen 7 starter Litten is listed as the ‘Fire Cat’.
Others aren’t so obvious but have enough cat-like features that they’re considered part of the pack. Raikou is a good example of this: While it contains many fantasy elements, it’s clearly based on a saber-tooth tiger, which belongs to the cat family.
We’ve looked at all of the Pokedex entries, from the Gameboy’s Red and Blue all the way through to the upcoming game release in late 2022, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, to find out just how many are based on cats — there are 28!
You can see the full list of all cat-type Pokemon in the game, which includes all sorts of lions and tigers, below:
|Litleo||Fire / Normal|
|Pyroar||Fire / Normal|
|Incineroar||Fire / Dark|
|Solgaleo||Psychic / Steel|
This list only contains the Pokemon that are clearly based on cats. There are arguments to be made for other creatures like Eevee (and some of its Eeveelutions other than Espeon), Mew, Entei, and Absol, but they aren’t exclusively cat-based creatures.
Mew, for example, is said to carry the DNA of all other Pokemon, and arguably looks more like a mouse. The legendary Entei, meanwhile, has elements of a lion, but more closely resembles a dog.
So, there you have it — those are all of the cat-like Pokemon in the Pokedex as of 2022. As more ‘mon are discovered, be sure to check back, as we’ll update our list with any new additions.
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