A domesticated species, cats can be kept as pets by humans. Quiet, quick, and graceful, they are often used to hunt mice and keep buildings free of vermin. Some cultures believe that cats bring good luck, although Westerosi may believe that black cats bring bad luck.
A cat's face is included in the arms of House Lyberr.
The notorious Maegor the Cruel supposedly butchered one of the cats at Dragonstone when his mother, Queen Visenya Targaryen, first gave him a sword when he was three. His niece, Princess Rhaena, however, enjoyed feeding the castle's cats.
Princess Saera Targaryen was able to persuade her father, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, to give her a variety of animals, including a kitten. Saera often sneaked cats into the bedchamber of Princess Daella Targaryen, since her sister was afraid of the animals after a beloved kitten scratched her.
After King Aegon II Targaryen ordered the hanging of all ratcatchers in King's Landing in reaction to Blood and Cheese, Ser Otto Hightower brought a hundred cats to the Red Keep to serve as mousers. The lonely Queen Jaehaera Targaryen enjoyed kittens. The contradictory Racallio Ryndoon is said to have loved kittens as well, while hating cats. Because cats were often seen entering and exiting the chambers of Larra Rogare, a worshiper of Pantera, it was rumored that they were spies who purred secrets to her in soft voices. Some tales claimed that Larra could even transform into a cat.
The Sealord of Braavos tested Syrio Forel by asking the water dancer about his pet cat, which the Sealord claimed to have come from a distant island. The observant Syrio, however, noticed that it was not an exotic female cat as the Sealord claimed, but just a common male tomcat.
Prince Joffrey Baratheon once used his dagger to open the belly of a pregnant kitchen cat and show the kittens within to his father, King Robert I Baratheon; the angry king responding by striking his son so hard that two baby teeth were knocked out. A black tomcat once stole a roast quail served to Lord Tywin Lannister at a dinner with King Robert. The tom also once clawed Joffrey's hand.
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With her mother, Catelyn Stark, in mind, as well as her experience chasing cats in King's Landing, Arya takes the name Cat of the Canals while learning from the Faceless Men in Braavos. Arya enjoys feeding the cats of the city.
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Tommen feeds morsels from his plate to his kittens. The black tomcat visits his chamber's window at night, but Ser Pounce hisses and scares the tom away.
The cat who wants his bowl of cream must know when to purr and when to show his claws, Ser Duncan.
The Red Keep was full of cats: lazy old cats dozing in the sun, cold-eyed mousers twitching their tails, quick little kittens with claws like needles, ladies' cats ll combed and trusting, ragged shadows prowling the midden heaps.—thoughts of Arya Stark
Syrio: The cat was an ordinary cat, no more. The others expected a fabulous beast, so that is what they saw. How large it was, they said. It was no larger than any other cat, only fat from indolence, for the Sealord fed it from his own table. What curious small ears, they said. Its ears had been chewed away in kitten fights. And it was plainly a tomcat, yet the Sealord said 'her,' and that is what the others saw. Are you hearing?
Arya: You saw what was there.
Cats liked the smell of Cat. Some days she would have a dozen trailing after her before the sun went down. From time to time the girl would throw an oyster at them and watch to see who came away with it. The biggest toms would seldom win, she noticed; oft as not, the prize went to some smaller, quicker animal, thin and mean and hungry. Like me, she told herself. Her favorite was a scrawny old tom with a chewed ear who reminded her of a cat that she'd once chased all around the Red Keep.—thoughts of Arya Stark
Cats go everywhere. No one ever looks at them.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 50, Arya IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 32, Arya III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 26, Samwell III.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 4, Bran I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 26, Jon IV.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.
- The Hedge Knight.
- The Mystery Knight.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 63, Davos VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 14, Arya IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 32, Sansa III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 70, The Queen's Hand.