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A player feeding her hellcat

A hellcat is a special variant of a normal cat that can be accessed after starting the Freeing Evil Dave sub-quest of Recipe for Disaster. During the quest, players must visit Evil Dave in his mother's basement. There, they must use their cat to kill hell-rats, which have stolen his mother's special coloured spices, which are needed to make the spicy stew necessary to free him. After the cat catches a number of rats, it will become corrupted by the demonic nature of the rats and suddenly transform into a hellcat. As only one hellcat can be owned at a time, any existing hellcats need to be placed in a menagerie or transformed back into an ordinary cat for subsequent cats to be transformed. A hellcat can be turned back into a normal cat of the same colour it was before the conversion by feeding it a bucket of milk.

A cat at any stage of growth can become a hellcat, and a cat that has become a hellcat will continue to age as normal. While it is impossible for an overgrown cat to become an overgrown hellcat, since overgrown cats cannot catch rats, a hell-kitten or adult hellcat can age into an overgrown hellcat. Players who have completed Rat Catchers can also get wily and lazy hellcats either by using their wily or lazy cats to catch hell-rats or by taking an overgrown hellcat to Felkrash for her to train it.

Like all other cats, a catspeak amulet or cramulet is required to talk to it.

Growth stage Chathead NPC
Kitten Hell-kitten chathead.png Hell-kitten pet.png
Adult Hellcat chathead.png Hellcat pet.png
Overgrown Overgrown hellcat chathead.png Overgrown hellcat pet.png
Wily Wily hellcat chathead.png Wily hellcat pet.png
Lazy Lazy hellcat chathead.png Lazy hellcat pet.png

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • Spelling of "hellcat" has been made more consistent.
  • patch 25 February 2009 (Update):
    • Hell kittens had the wrong chat head during the A Tail of Two Cats quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If players are leading a hellcat in Varrock and a stray dog begins to follow them, the hellcat will hiss at it, and the dog will flee.
  • If players attempt to speak to another player's hell-kitten, it tells them: "Hiss! Go away before I scratch those curious eyes out!"
  • If players ask their lazy hellcat "How old are you now?" he responds "Too old to waste time talking to you about the price of fish." Players will reply "Fish?," a reference to how players used to buy items from other players before the Grand Exchange existed.
  • When asking the cat what it would like to do, the hellcat will proceed to tell a joke with the punchline "Demons are a ghoul's best friend." This is most likely a reference to the common phrase "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," although the player doesn't seem to get this as being a joke. The other thing that the hellcat wants to do is to trip people going off the stairs.
  • Hellcats appear to be followers of Zaros. If players accept the shoo away option, the hellcat says "Thank Zaros for that! Finally, some freedom from your ugly face."