The Cat was a birthday present from the Bresingas to Prince Dutiful and they bonded instantly. The Cat was a Hunting cat of the mistcat kind, and had been the bond-animal of Peladine before that woman died. Peladine did not want to let go of her life, so she clung to the Cat, and took control of her body, denying the Cat many important things like grooming and playing, and her own name. The Cat never got the chance to tell her name to Dutiful, but they loved each other deeply. Peladine's goal was to remove all the barriers between the Cat and Prince Dutiful so she could take over the Prince's body. Before this could happen though, the Cat attacked Fitz demanding that he kill her so that she would no longer have to live with Peladine.