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Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the pet follower interface
Table of Contents
1.0 - Introduction

Players are able to raise pets while going about their usual RuneScape tasks. The Summoning skill offers quite a number of pets, unlocked as a Player reachers a certain level. Some of these pets are obtained from Quests, others are a reward for completing a certain task, and some are for fun. There currently are three non-summoning based types of pets in RuneScape: Cats, Fish, and Rocks. Cats have many different stages; Pet Fish do not have any any stages for the time being.
This guide is mainly concerned with the three specialist forms of pets, not included within Summoning. If you want further information on those animals visit our Summoning guide.

With any pet, information on your pet can be found by clicking on the Summoning tab on your interface, shown by the picture to the right. This tab shows you how hungry your pet is, and how developed it is.

When your pet is hungry you will need to feed it, this can vary from animal. The fact that the interface for both your pets and familiars is found on the same tab means that you can't have both a pet and a Summoning familiar following you at the same time. On top of that, you cannot have two pets out at the same time.

1.1 - Recommended Equipment

There are a couple pieces of equipment that might help you with certain pets. These are listed in the table with their descriptions.

Picture Item Description
Catspeak Amulet / Cramulet You must complete Icthlarin's Little Helper to gain access to the catspeak amulet, and Do No Evil if you want a cramulet (a catspeak amulet merged with all other 'speak' amulets). These amulets are probably the most valuable items in any cat owner's possession. With one in your possession you can not only communicate more clearly with your cat, but you can talk to any cat in RuneScape. If you have had your catspeak amulet enchanted (by Hild, early on in Tail of Two Cats, A) you can also use it to locate Bob the Jagex Cat, who is always ready with a joke. A cramulet cannot be enchanted in this way. If you have lost your catspeak amulet, the Sphinx in Sophanem will supply you with a new one, but only if you have a cat with you. To retrieve a cramulet, you will have to make it again from its constituent parts: Monkeyspeak amulet, Ghostspeak amulet, etc. To have a catspeak amulet enchanted, take it to Hild in Burthorpe.
Ring of charos You must complete both the Creature of Fenkenstrain and Garden of Tranquillity quests to activate the Ring of Charos. This ring allows you to choose the colour of your kitten when you buy it from Gertrude. Simply click '(Charm) I'm quite fussy over cats - can I pick my own?' when Gertrude asks whether you want a new kitten. You will then be presented with a full range of six delightful colours. If you have lost the Ring of Charos (Activated), you will need to return to Fenkenstrain's Castle to steal it again.
Mouse Toy You must have completed the Tail of Two Cats, A quest to gain access to the mouse toy. The mouse toy is not a particularly effective weapon, but by holding it and walking about you can at least entertain your cat; no cat can resist the way it jumps about, just like a real mouse. If you have lost your mouse toy, return to Bob and he'll give you a new one. Remember, you'll need a Catspeak Amulet to talk to him.
2.0 - Kittens

To get your first kitten you must complete Gertrude's Cat quest. After you have completed the quest, Gertrude will give you a kitten. If you lose this kitten, you can go to Gertrude and she will sell you one for 100gp.

Many people consider raising kittens to be pointless. However, this is not the case. Once your Kitten grows up into a Cat, you can trade it in for 100 Death Runes, which you can sell for a reasonable amount of money. Kitten and Cats can also be fun to raise if you are bored, and have nothing better to do. You can also train non-combat skills while you raise a Kitten, and once it grows up, trade it in for Death Runes. Some quests require a Kitten or a Cat, so it is advisable to have one.


2.1 - Taking Care of Your Kitten

You must remember to care for your kitten when you have one. If you neglect your kitten, it will run away and you will have to speak to Gertrude to buy another one.

Feeding Your Kitten

You will obviously have to feed your Kitten once in awhile. However, Kittens are finicky eaters, and will only eat the following food:

Picture Item Where to Obtain Levels Required to Obtain
Raw sardine Small Net Fishing 5
Sardine Cooking a Raw sardine 1
Doogle sardine Doogle leaves on a Raw sardine --
Raw Anchovies Small Net Fishing 15
Anchovies Cooking Raw Anchovies 1
Raw shrimps Small Net Fishing 1
Shrimps Cooking Raw shrimps 1
Raw trout Fly Fishing 20
Trout Cooking a Raw trout 15
Raw salmon Fly Fishing 30
Salmon Cooking a Salmon 25
Raw mackerel Big Net Fishing 16
Mackerel Cooking a Raw mackerel 10
Raw tuna Harpoon Fishing 35
Tuna Cooking a Raw tuna 30
Raw cod Big Net Fishing 23
Cod Cooking a Raw cod 18
Raw manta ray Fishing Trawler Mini-game 81
Manta ray Cooking a Raw manta ray 91
Raw lobster Lobster Cage Fishing 40
Lobster Cooking a Raw lobster 40
Raw bass Big Net Fishing 46
Bass Cooking a Raw bass 43
Raw herring Normal Rod (Bait) Fishing 10
Herring Cooking a Raw herring 5
Raw monkfish Small Net Fishing 62
Monkfish Cooking a Raw monkfish 62
Raw swordfish Harpoon Fishing 50
Swordfish Cooking a Raw swordfish 45
Raw shark Harpoon Fishing 76
Shark Cooking a Raw shark 80
Rocktail Cooking a Raw rocktail 93
Roe Using a knife on a leaping fish --
Caviar Using a knife on a leaping sturgeon --
Bucket of milk By using a bucket on a dairy cow. --

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Making a Seasoned Sardine

To get a Seasoned Sardine, you will have to make it. To make it you have to buy or fish a Raw Sardine then use Doogle leaves to season the sardine. Doogle leaves can be found behind Gertrude's house.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the Location of Doogle Leaves
You should feed your Kitten when you get a message, "I think its hungry," and if you do not, later you will get a message saying, "I think it's really hungry!" If you do get the message, "I think it's really hungry!" you should feed it right away, or it might run away.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Cat Being Hungry
Give your Kitten Attention

There are times when your cat will seek your attention. When it does, play with it for a bit; if you fail to do so, your kitten will wander off. However, it will return to your inventory eventually, which makes it absolutely crucial to have at least one inventory space free. Usually, using a ball of wool on your cat/kitten , or stroking it, is sufficient to keep it busy for a while.

Strategies for Raising Your Kitten

Instead of walking around with your kitten, it is often possible to train other non-combat skills while raising your kitten. Keep a few pieces of food in your inventory at all times, and train any of the following skills: firemaking, woodcutting, fletching, smithing, smelting, magic, etc. Feed it whenever it is hungry, and give it attention from time to time. Fishing Swordfish and Tuna is ideal for raising your kitten, because you can use the tuna you fish whenever your kitten is hungry.

You can see if your Kitten likes you by examining it after you have picked it up.

2.2 - Cat Growth Stages

After taking care of your Kitten, it will grow up to a strong beautiful Cat. After several hours of walking around with your Cat, it will grow up into an Overgrown Cat.

Kitten to Cat -To get your Kitten to grow up into a Cat you will need to spend hours taking care of your Kitten. Feed it when it says it is hungry. It is not a bad idea to stroke your Kitten, or let your Kitten Play with a Ball of wool sometimes. After several hours, it will eventually grow into a cat and you will get this message:

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Kitten Growing into a Cat

Cat to Overgrown Cat - Getting a cat to become overgrown is easier than the previous stage. You do not have to feed your cat, but you can choose to give it attention whenever you wish to. Your cat will eventually grow into an Overgrown cat. When your cat is at a the Overgrown cat stage, you can again pay Gertrude 100gp to buy another kitten.

Picture Name How to Obtain
Zybez RuneScape Help's Kitten Chat Head Kitten Buy a kitten from Gertrude located just west of Varrock.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Cat Chat Head Cat Feed your kitten when it says it is hungry and give it attention occasionally, and when it asks for attention.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Overgrown Cat Chat Head Overgrown Cat Let your cat walk around with you for several hours, you do not need to feed it, but giving it attention at times is appreciated by the cat
Zybez RuneScape Help's Wiley Cat Chat Head Wiley Cat You must have completed the Rat Catchers quest to unlock this stage. Talk to Felkrash in the Port Sarim Rat pits and she will train your Overgrown Cat into a Wiley Cat. Wiley cats can catch rats better than a regular cat.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Lazy Cat Chat Head Lazy Cat You must have completed the Rat Catchers quest to unlock this stage. The Lazy Cat appears if you do not train your Wiley Cat and just let it follow you around.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Hellcat Chat Head Hell cat You must have started the Evil Dave sub-quest of the Recipe for Disaster quest to unlock this stage. Have your kitten/cat kill 7 Hellrats in the basement of Evil Dave's house in Edgeville. To change it back to it's regular cat stage, feed it milk or talk to Evil Dave's mother. All forms of cat can be transformed into hellcats, ranging from hell kittens to lazy hellcats.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Purple Cat Chat Head Purple cat Speak to Maggie the witch west of the Legends' Guild after completing the Swept Away quest. In order to ask her to colour your cat you will have to once again move the animal specimens under Lottie the witch's shop in Port Sarim. This will earn you a Magic Unguent that Wendy requires for the procedure. Wendy is located north of Rimmington. For more information see our Swept Away quest guide.

2.3 - Rat Chasing

Some good places to catch rats at are in the Varrock Sewers, Stronghold of Security, and the shortcut underneath the Canifis pub. There are many rats down in these places. Do not start catching rats until you have a Cat. With a Kitten, it takes too long to catch 100 rats. However, a fully grown cat can catch up to 10 rats in a row. Many people may think chasing rats is a waste of time and pointless. Well, there is a reason for you to get your kitten to chase rats.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Cat Training Medal

Once your cat or kitten catches 100 rats, you can take your Cat to Gertrude and she will be amazed; you will receive a Cat training medal as a reward.


  • Once you get a Cat or Overgrown Cat, you can go to West Ardougne and there is a Civilian there that you can trade your Cat or Overgrown Cat for 100 Death Runes. The Civilians are located on the path to The Underground Pass.
  • Once in awhile your kitten/Cat will disappear. Do not worry; it has only gone off to wander around RuneScape, and do some training.
  • While your kitten is in your inventory or bank, it will not get hungry or need attention, and the growing progress is paused.
  • You can speak to your cat if you have a Amulet of catspeak acquired from the Icthlarin's Little Helper quest.
  • You cannot take your cat into minigames such as Barbarian Assault, Castle Wars and Pest Control.

3.0 - Pet Fish
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the Pet Fish Aquarium

Pet fish are a fairly boring pet, though they do have some cool visual's associated with them. You can have them do tricks and can speak to them.

Getting a Pet Fish

The first thing you need to do when you want a pet fish is to obtain a fishbowl. To do this you can craft one out of glass with level 42 crafting. Next you need to use the fishbowl on a water source to fill it with water so the fish has a home to move about in; then, add a piece of seaweed so the fish has a comfort zone to 'hide' in.

After you've created a home for your fish, the next step is to catch the fish. Go speak to Harry in the Fishing Shop in Catherby to buy a tiny net for 10gp. Use the tiny net on the fishing spots in the shop. You will be able to catch one of 3 types of pet fish. You can only have 1 fish per fishbowl, so if you want all 3 types of fish, you will need to prepare several fishbowls.


Types of Fish

Picture Name Information
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Blue Fish Bluefish Bluefish are the most common fish to catch from the aquarium.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Greenfish Greenfish Greenfish are fairly common to catch from the aquarium.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Spinefish Spinefish Spinefish are the most uncommon fish to catch out of the aquarium.

Feeding your Fish

Once you've gotten yourself a pet fish, the next thing you need to do is feed it. There are a few ways you can obtain fish food for your pet fish.

  • Collect Fish Food out of Draynor Manor
  • Make Fish Food
  1. Use a guam leaf and piece of seaweed with a pestle and mortar
  2. Use the ground guam leaf and ground seaweed with an empty box (Speak to Harry in the Fishing Shop to get one)

What Your Fish Can Do

There are 3 things that you can do with your fish: you can talk to it, you can play with it, and you can use it on a pet cat for a funny reaction.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Talking to your Fish
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Playing with your Fish

When you right click on your fishbowl, you can select the option to talk to your fish.
Also when you right click, you can choose to 'play' with your fish. You will toss the fishbowl into the air and the fish will jump out of its bowl.
If you 'use' your fishbowl with your pet cat, you can get a funny reaction from the fish.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of your Fish's Reaction

If you grow tired of your fish, the only thing you can do with it is drop the bowl. Fishbowls are un-tradable and there is no way to empty your fishbowl. So say your last goodbye to your fish and shatter the bowl allowing your fish to move onto the great netherworld.

4.0 - Pet Rock
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Holding a Pet Rock

To get a pet rock, you must have completed The Fremennik Trials quest. Speak to Askeladden, the young Fremennik outside the beer hall. He will happily supply you with a free, fun-filled Pet Rock.

Interacting With Your Pet Rock

You surprisingly can do a lot of activities with a rock, the first being able to wield the object as a weapon - although fairly useless. You can also interact with your pet rock, which includes the options: to talk (the rock will not reply but you do get a humorous message to read), to stroke, to fetch (acts as a sort of emote), and to stay - which the rock is very good at!

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Talking to a Pet Rock
5.0 - Summoning Pets

The skill Summoning allows players to conjure and bring forth beasts and beings of all kinds to help them, but along with the more robust forms of animal the skill hosts, there are also pets to be found. Unlike other creatures involved in Summoning these can not fight, or aid players skill wise. When your Summoning level is 10 above the level required to have the animal as a pet, you will be able to communicate with them.

5.1 - Puppies

All puppies can be bought from the pet shop in Taverley or Yanille, they can all be purchased at level 1 Summoning for 500gp (Wolf Whistle quest must be completed). You will also need to feed them with bones or raw meat in a similar manner to feeding pet cats. Note that they eat ONLY raw meat and bones, nothing else.

Bulldog Dalmation Greyhound Labrador Sheepdog Terrier
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5.2 - Other Pets

As well as dogs, there are other pets that are available that can't be bought from pet stores. You will need to catch them or grow them yourselves using Hunter or an incubator respectively. Like puppies or kittens you will need to feed most of these pets, even after they grow to full size, remember that some of them will not grow further from the point at which you caught them.

Picture Name Level required How to get
Zybez RuneScape Help's Image Abyssal minion 4 Reward from the Soul Wars mini game
Zybez RuneScape Help's Image Baby basilisk 4 Reward from the Soul Wars mini game
Zybez RuneScape Help's Image Baby kurask 4 Reward from the Soul Wars mini game
Zybez RuneScape Help's Image Creeping hand 4 Reward from the Soul Wars mini game
Zybez RuneScape Help's Image Minitrice 4 Reward from the Soul Wars mini game
Zybez RuneScape Help's Rune Guardian Image Rune Guardian 4 Reward from the quest Rune Mechanics. By using the guardian on different rune altars you can change the colour.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Gecko Image Gecko 10 Hunt them south of Brimhaven or in north-east Karamja with a box trap.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Platypus Image Platypus 10 Hunt them near Oo'glog with a box trap baited with smouldering lavender. You must have completed As a First Resort... to hunt them.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Broav Image Broav 20 Hunt them near the Feldip Hills, a little bit east of the Hunting expert by using a pitfall trap. You must have completed While Guthix Sleeps to hunt them.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Penguin Image Penguin 30 Grow from a Penguin egg using the incubator in the Pet shop. The egg can be obtained from the Penguin Keeper at Ardounge Zoo. Note that you need to have 30 summoning.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Giant Crab Image Giant Crab 40 Kill Mogres at the Mudskipper Point to obtain a Crunchy Claw Token. Talk to Nung underwater to receive a pet Crab
Zybez RuneScape Help's Raven Image Raven 50 Use a raven egg in incubator at the pet shop
Zybez RuneScape Help's Squirrel Image Squirrel 60 Hunt them using a Net trap with nuts placed in it as bait
Zybez RuneScape Help's Saradomin OwlImage Saradomin Owl 70 Use a blue egg in incubator at the pet shop
Zybez RuneScape Help's Zamorak HawkImage Zamorak Hawk 70 Use a red egg in incubator at the pet shop
Zybez RuneScape Help's Guthix Raptor Image Guthix Raptor 70 Use a green egg in incubator at the pet shop
Zybez RuneScape Help's Ex-Ex Parrot Image Ex-Ex Parrot 71 Use the Ex-Parrot inside the magical cage on the slab, found West of Mos Le"Harmless
Zybez RuneScape Help's Cute Phoenix Eggling Image Phoenix Eggling 72 After fighting the phoenix in the In Pyre's Need Distraction and Diversion, there is a chance you can get lost on the way out and end up in a room full of eggs at this point you select the option "clap" and the egg will hatch.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Raccoon Image Raccoon 80 Hunt using a box trap
Zybez RuneScape Help's Sneakerpeeper Image Sneakerpeeper Spawn 85 Purchased for 85,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Zybez RuneScape Help's Vulture Image Vulture 85 Grow from a Vulture egg using the incubator in the pet shop
Zybez RuneScape Help's Chameleon Image Chameleon 90 Use a chameleon egg from Cairn isle on an incubator.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Monkey Image Monkey 95 Hunt using a box trap with a banana placed in the works
Zybez RuneScape Help's Dragon Image Dragon egg 99 When killing dragons you have a rare chance of receiving a dragon egg as a drop. Once you have an egg, the pet shop owner will tell you that you need to put the egg in a dragons nest; a dragons nest can be found near most dragons. After a long amount of time the egg should hatch into a baby dragon.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Pet Jad Image TzRek-Jad 99 Reward from the Soul Wars mini game
5.3 - Tooth Creature

You can get one of these Milk Tooth Creatures from the Tooth Fairy after completing Fairy Tale III - Orks Rift, but she'll want some teeth in payment. The follow table will show all the requirements needed to obtain on of these cute looking creatures. This creature requires 37 summoning as well.

Picture Item Where to Obtain
Suqah tooth Lunar Isle, by killing a Suqah
Old tooth Digsite
Human tooth Varrock, talk to Gertrude
Kebbit teeth Using the Hunter skill to catch sabre-toothed kebbits
Monkey dentures Ape Atoll

There are different kings of Milk tooth creatures, depending on what you feed it and how you take care of it.

Picture Item Description/How to Obtain
Baby Tooth Creature This stage of the milk tooth creature is when you first acquire it.
Milk Tooth Creature In order to obtain this stage, feed it plain bucket of milk, and you will receive the healthy version.
Decayed Tooth Creature In order to obtain this stage, feet it chocolate milk instead of regular milk, and you will receive the decayed version.
6.0 - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does the Cat Training Medal do?

A: The Cat Training Medal is part of the Varrock Tasks; it is obtained from Gertrude after your cat captures 100 rats. Besides that, it has no additional bonus, when worn.

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