No tribute to the cats in science fiction television is complete without
this little gem. Spot, if you aren't acquainted with him/her, was
(is?) Lieutenant Commander Data's pet on Star Trek: the Next Generation
(TM), and was one of the show's true personalities. Single pawedly
he proved that no matter how advanced beings in the 24th Century were,
there were still some things they couldn't control!
Spot was fussy - Data was always trying out new "Feline supplements" for him to eat - which he seldom did.
Spot was annoying - jumping up on Data's console looking for affection at the most inopportune times.
Spot was the scourge of almost everyone aboard the Enterprise (TM), even driving the mighty Commander Riker to the sickbay with mulitple complaints!
By all of this you would assume that Spot was a normal, typical cat, but somehow he not only changed from a Somali to a moggy - unexplained in the course of the show - but even more intriguingly, "he" changed to a very pregnant "she" (see below) just when they needed a plot device. Yet as you'll see from the poem Data wrote in honour of his pet, he was obviously a Terran cat, and just as obviously, in some way Data loved his cat before he got his emotion chip.
Read this poem, and relish it! I did!
Felis Cattus, is your
I find myself intrigued
by your subvocal oscillations,
A tail is quite essential
for your acrobatic talents;
O Spot, the complex
levels of behaviour you display
Lieutenant Commander Data