|Released||28 July 2003 (Update)|
|Inventory||This kitten seems to like you.|
|Follower||A friendly little pet.|
Kittens are young pet cats that can follow the player. In order to obtain a pet kitten, a player must complete the Gertrude's Cat quest, after which Gertrude will give them a kitten as part of the reward. The first kitten is free, and each kitten after that is 100 coins, but players cannot own more than one kitten at a time. If players have an activated ring of charos, they are able to charm Gertrude into allowing them to choose a specific colour kitten. Otherwise, players will be given a kitten of a random colour.
Kittens may be spoken to with a Catspeak amulet. The responses are noticeably more child-like than grown cats, and Hell-kittens' responses are more devilish. The kitten's responses are chosen from a random list of phrases, unless they are very hungry or lonely, in which case their dialogue will reflect this. After Icthlarin's Little Helper, an extra dialogue option is added which allows the player to review some events of the quest.
Caring for a kitten[edit | edit source]
Unlike other pets, kittens grow and will need to be fed and interacted with while out in the world (not in item form in the bank or inventory). They take three hours to grow, and during this time they will run away if too much time passes without being fed or interacted with. This will happen if 30 minutes pass without giving the kitten food, or a similar amount of time for lack of interaction. Players will receive warnings both as dialogue and in chat if their kitten is hungry or wants attention.
Any raw or cooked fish that is not exclusively caught from Barbarian fishing or Aerial fishing can be used to feed a kitten. Fish from Barbarian fishing may be gutted with a knife, and the resulting caviar or roe may be fed to the kitten, though fish offcuts or fish chunks from aerial fishing can not. Players often use cheap fish such as raw sardines or the stackable raw karambwanji for extended trips.
Players can interact with their kitten or cat in a number of ways, via right-clicking the cat and selecting Interact-with. Stroking a cat requires no items. However, if players wish to play with their kitten, they must use a ball of wool on it. This will not use up the ball of wool, which will stay in the player's inventory. A kitten can also catch rats via the Chase-vermin option, which has a success rate of 10%. Players can also shoo away their kitten from the Interact-with menu using the Shoo-away option.
After three hours of following the player, their kitten will grow into an adult cat, which no longer needs food or attention.