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When it comes to animal symbolism, a major association of felines is with sex. Any feline-themed character is likely to be very sexually attractive and probably the most sexualized character in the work. This can range from actual Funny Animal cats, to characters who are to some degree feline-human hybrids or shifters, to alien or fantasy Cat Folk, to entirely human characters who have a cat theme. Because Most Writers Are Male, this usually applies to female characters, although there are male examples.

It's easy to see why: cat ownership and feline traits have been historically associated with women (although in Real Life an equal number of men and women own cats). Many things men found attractive in women were projected onto cats. They are viewed as graceful, gymnastic, and flexible; they have a mercurial temperament; if they aren't neutered, they make it obvious to everyone around when they're in heat, and even when not in heat, they have no shame in their love of being petted and stroked. It can't be a coincidence that "sex kitten" rapidly became a term for female sex symbols. note 

Note that for this to be the case, the character's sexiness and feline associations must both be unusual within the work — if a work has a cast made up mostly of anthropomorphic cats, don't add the sexy one. It also has to be the case within the work, so Self-Fanservice of a character who happens to be a feline but isn't particularly sexualized in canon — such as, say, Blaze from the Sonic the Hedgehog series — doesn't count.

There is a very strong overlap with Classy Cat-Burglar. See also Cat Girl, although they vary in their degree of sexualisation, with some being platonically "cute". Compare to Cool Cat.

See also Foxy Vixen for this trope's canid counterpart, as well as Snakes Are Sexy and Seductive Spider.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Yoruichi from Bleach is a sexy tanned kunoichi who can turn into a black cat and would wind up naked when reverting to her human form.
  • Yukari Kotozume aka Cure Macaron from KiraKira★Pretty Cure à la Mode who has a cat motif. She is portrayed as the most attractive member of the group to the point that Even the Girls Want Her. She can also come off flirtatious to others. Even her Cure outfit is out there compare to the other's outfits.
  • In Ranma ½, Shampoo is a beautiful Chinese warrior woman who aggressively pursues the protagonist, and turns into a cat whenever splashed with cold water.
  • Fairy Tail: Erza's kitty-obsessed childhood friend Milliana began sporting an extremely revealing outfit and sexy attitude after she went through adolescence during the first Time Skip.
  • Aisha Clanclan from Outlaw Star, a member of a race of catlike aliens, fits snugly into this trope.
  • Soul Eater: Blair is a magic cat who can shapeshift into a human. In human form she's a woman who dresses very skimpily and flirts with any man she meets. (In one Gender Bender story where she's temporarily changed into a man, she's just as sexy and sexually-active.)
  • Obi in Snow White with the Red Hair has a restrained cat theme and is a sexy dude.

    Comic Books 
  • Blacksad:
    • Natalia Wilford, Alma Meyer, Luanne Eva Lange and Donna Blacksad. All of whom fit this trope to a T. They are all drawn as conventionally attractive Cat Folk, with even Blacksad himself being presented as a Hunk on occasion, like the Funny Background Event with all the boyfriends arguing with their girlfriends for looking at him.
    • Blacksad and Weekly watch a leopard exotic dancer in the opening of A Silent Hell.
  • The DCU:
  • Teen Titans:
    • Starfire is a downplayed example. She's an alien whose species evolved from cat-like creatures and she's a beautiful, flirtatious, Innocent Fanservice Girl in a skimpy costume who became notorious by being one of the first heroic characters to have non-marital sex in a DC comic. However, there's relatively little feline about her appearance or personality, and the "evolved from cats" thing is rarely mentioned.
    • Jade Nguyen, a.k.a Cheshire, is a flirtatious assassin who takes her alias from the Cheshire Cat of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She tends to wear revealing outfits that show off her body and has been known to use her looks to her advantage. Her portrayal in Young Justice (2010) plays up the cat motif even further by giving her a cat mask and she retains the seductive personality in her interactions with Will Harper.
  • Marvel Comics has Catwoman's Alternate Company Equivalent Black Cat, and Tigra, a furry half-feline heroine in a bikini with definite animal instincts who provides the current page image.
  • The heroine of the Porn with Plot pioneering adult furry comic Omaha the Cat Dancer is an anthropomorphic feline stripper with frequent on panel nudity and sex scenes.
  • Parodied in Empowered with Ocelotina, a cat-themed purported supervillainess who is basically an in-universe porn star.
  • The Angel (IDW) post-show comics introduced an assassin named Dez, a female jaguar given the magical ability to shapeshift into a human. She was depicted as a Shameless Fanservice Girl with many nude scenes.
  • In The Wicked + The Divine, Sakhmet, who incarnates the Egyptian Cat Girl war goddess, is the most sexualised and sexually active of all the gods, hardly caring for anything except physical pleasure.
  • Flare has Tigress, whose usual Stripperific tiger-print costume includes thigh boots and fingerless gloves. She once claimed to have been worshiped in ancient Egypt as the goddess Bast.
  • Shakara featured a minor female character from a species of Cat Folk who tries to betray the assassin Valentine D'Eath after sleeping with him.

    Fan Works 

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    Film — Live-Action 

  • Discworld: When Nanny Ogg's cat Greebo is at times magically transformed into a human, he is described as a battle-scarred Hell-Bent for Leather tough guy exuding enough bad-boy sexuality to leave any non-lesbian woman who sees him practically catatonic.
  • In the October Daye books, Tybalt is the king of the local Court of Cats and a cat shifter. When he is first introduced, he is explicitly described as "basically walking sex appeal". Much attention is paid to how he looks in tight leather pants.
  • There's a very dark example in various works by the British SF writer Richard Calder, starting with the Dead Girls/Dead Boys/Dead Things trilogy. "Catgirls" in them are the result of a human mutation that makes them beautiful, instinctive and malicious Femme Fatales. They are also intensely masochistic, to the point of seeking out and enjoying their own Questionable Consent sexual murders.
  • The were-leopards of City of Devils are all extraordinarily good looking and ooze sex appeal. Unfortunately for everyone else, they transform into huge, hungry felines when they're aroused, and pretty much anything gets them feeling frisky.
  • Nyara in Heralds of Valdemar was gradually transformed into a sexy cat girl by her sorcerer father, who used her to test changes he then made on himself, though he styled himself after a lynx. Nyara slinks and purrs her words and is ordered to Go Seduce My Archnemesis, but with Heroic Willpower manages to resist his orders and switch sides. In the aftermath of the first book, she runs away into the wilderness not wanting to be controlled or coerced by anyone. Need goes with her and spends several months teaching her and undoing those changes that Nyara really hates, taking her more into regular Cat Girl territory.
  • In Sword Art Online, the game Alfheim Online features a race of cat-like fairies called the Cait Sith, with members of the race bearing cat ears and tails. The only significant characters who are members of the race, Silica and Sinon, are attractive girls who are also part of Kirito's Unwanted Harem.
  • High School D×D has Koneko Toujou's buxom older sister Kuroka. Both of them are nekomata.
  • Eris in Cat Planet Cuties is a stacked alien Cat Girl with no nudity taboo. When the Catian mothership arrives, it's shown that the rest of her species is similarly sexy and has very liberal ideas regarding nudity, casual sex, and polygamy compared to Japan. Also, they get much of their understanding of Japanese culture from Eris reading Kio's magazines.
  • Ashiol of Creature Court is a shapeshifter with cats as his Court form - he's beautiful, and he Really Gets Around, even by the standards of the very sex-happy Court.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The enhanced physical abilities of the X5 supersoldiers in Dark Angel come from having some cat DNA in their cocktail, and they're also designed to all be beautiful/handsome. The female X5s experience the feline estrus cycle, going into heat two or three times each year, which proves inconvenient for the series heroine Max in two episodes.
  • In the Doctor Who story "Survival", Ace's interactions with the feline Cheetah People are highly erotic and blatantly played as a lesbian sexual awakening.
  • Catwoman in Batman (1966) is hot whether she's played by Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, or Eartha Kitt.

  • The Cure's "The Love Cats" consists mostly of a whole string of feline metaphors for sex, including semi-orgasmic cat noises.
  • The video for the Fall Out Boy song "The Take Over, the Break's Over" features several women dressed as cats dancing seductively.
  • As her artist moniker suggests, Doja Cat employs this kind of imagery from time to time, most recently by wearing a cat-face prosthesis at the 2023 Met Gala.
  • Cardi B invokes this in the music video for "Twerk" where she dawns tiger-themed body paint.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • This one's Older Than Dirt. Bastet, an Egyptian goddess associated with love and fertility, is usually depicted with the head of a cat (a lioness in earlier depictions, a housecat starting around the Late Period).
  • Norse Mythology associated the Love Goddess Freyja with cats.

  • While the characters themselves are less human in behavior and fall under Nearly Normal Animal, most of the costumes in Cats evoke this, being tight spandex outfits decorated with tabby, calico, or other feline patterns. In addition, most of the female cats wear lipstick and eyeliner. It's especially noteworthy in the "Macavity" number, where two female cats dance seductively while singing it, and in the character of Rum Tum Tugger, who does pelvic thrusts during his song and takes a clear influence from Mick Jagger.
    • It's also all but directly stated that Grizabella may have been this in her youth, as she wears a little black dress and high heels, is more heavily made up than the other cats, is referred to as "the glamour cat", and is implied to have been a prostitute.

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    Web Animation 
  • Planet Dolan: Shima Luan is a pink cat whose buxom form is Lampshaded from time to time.
  • RWBY: Blake the cat faunus is noted both in and out of universe to be sexy. Her design is made to be androgynous and form-fitting to be attractive to both sexes and many characters proclaim their attraction to her. She is also the only member of the Team who has a confirmed relationship (albeit a failed one) before the series, and has multiple people interested in her over the course of it, finally becoming an Official Couple with Yang in Volume 9.

    Western Animation 


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Desire of the Endless

When Dream confronts them at the end of the first season, they are dressed in a tight bodysuit with a Navel-Deep Neckline, cat ears, and a moving tail - quite fitting for the Anthropomorphic Personification of lust and desire.

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