|Released||28 July 2003 (Update)|
|Shop price||100gp - Gertrude|
A kitten is a reward received upon completing the Gertrude's Cat quest. It is a pet that will grow into a cat if well taken care of. At which point, it can optionally be traded for death runes in West Ardougne if the player chooses to do so.
The time it takes for a kitten to mature into a cat is dependent on the player's activity, going from around 30 minutes when they are constantly moving to above 7 hours when they are barely doing anything. If they choose an activity such as Fishing, it will take roughly 2 hours for the kitten to grow.
During that time, your kitten will demand attention and food. Failure to provide either will result in the kitten running away. The indication your kitten wants either food or attention is when it says: miaow!. If you ignore your kitten's call for food, you will receive the final message: you hear a loud meow your kitten is really hungry before it runs off to look for food. It will not return after it has run away. Kittens are picky eaters and will only eat certain things, as shown in the table below.
For attention, you can use the kitten's "Stroke" option or use a ball of wool with it.
Things kittens will eat
Obtaining multiple kittens
A good trick to obtain kittens quickly is to fill up your entire inventory, preferably with junk or worthless items, before you talk to Gertrude. When you buy a new kitten, the kitten falls to the floor, allowing you to purchase up to 4 kittens. Drop 4 of your junk items, and then retrieve the kittens. There is also a bank nearby in west Varrock, so you can bank the kittens and go back for your items if you wish.
NOTE: Only one kitten will grow at a time, so you are best off banking the other kittens.