The final known specimen of Felis Sapiens was descended from Frankenstein,
the cat Lister had smuggled aboard the Jupiter Mining Corporation vessel
Red Dwarf in order to get imprisoned in a stasis field for breaking quarantine
(reasoning that 2 years that felt like an instant was much better than
having to live through them while Red Dwarf made its way back to
Earth - where he intended to jump ship). This heavily pregnant cat,
whom Lister had safely hidden in the hold, was the only other survivor
of the core breach.
Safely hidden in the hold, the kittens she bore went on to become the progenitors of a race of bi-pedal, intelligent (well, mostly?) cats... who over the two million years Lister remained in stasis found religion (of course), warred over it and left the ship in two separate parties in search of the Promised Land of Fuchal (actually Fiji, where Lister had told Frankenstein he was going to build a farm - or open a hotdog stand - despite the fact it was under a meter of water owing to global warming!).
The only ones left behind were the sick and the handicapped. It is assumed that two of them, one an idiot, the other a cripple, huddled together for warmth...
This was the result.
Never seeing the need for a name, "knowing" he's instantly unforgettable,
this is ego on legs, folks! A wardrobe that goes on into forever
hand tongue washed, of course, this kitty would
literally rather die than be seen in the same outfit more than once...
An incredible sense of smell that can spot "orange swirly things" in space
ahead of them that makes his piloting near perfect (though how it hasn't
atrophied under abuse from Lister's sock basket, I have no idea)...
And infinite epithets to call Rimmer by - my favourite being "Trans-Am
Wheel Arch Nostrils"!
Everyone, meet Duane Dibbley!
But before I go, I'll just show you a piece of what could have been.
This is fairly rare, and it's from the second attempt at making Red Dwarf
into an American sit-com. Apparently the studio bosses had a problem
with the Cat being a cool black guy, so...
OK, go back now... nothing more to see here!