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The Cats of the "Pokémon" Series

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I'm an aspiring writer with a strong interest in history, fantasy, science fiction, and "Pokémon."

Pokemon and Meowth, one of the many cat characters from the Pokemon series.

Pokemon and Meowth, one of the many cat characters from the Pokemon series.

Two of the most beloved things on the Internet are cats and Pokémon. I am a boomerang fan; I started with the original game and went on a 15-year hiatus, only to pick up the newest versions of X and Y recently. The original game had only 151, which I memorized in chronological order. As fun as the new games are, I am past the point of even trying to memorize their names.

Having so many creatures has its disadvantages. Some designs suggest that GameFreak hired a third-grade classroom to come up with original designs and paid them in extra homework. But there are a lot of neat Pokémon, too, and with monsters reminiscent of dragons, rodents, and kitchen appliances, there is something for everyone.

If, like me, you love the kitties, don't worry about sorting through hundreds and hundreds of monsters to find the felines. Here is a list, so you can truly "cat-ch" them all. (Anyone? No?)

Meowth (#52) / Persian (#53)

Meowth (#52) / Persian (#53)

Meowth (#52) / Persian (#53)

Meowth is one of the most famous and beloved Pokémon, thanks to the anime in which it is one of the two main non-human characters (the other being Pikachu itself). It also has the advantage of being in the original games, though it was exclusive to the Blue version, making it desirable and valuable as a trade.

Meowth is a normal type Pokémon, based off of a "Maneki Neko," a Japanese cat charm usually pictured with coins and associated with good financial luck. Living up to these roots, Meowth and its evolution Persian have a signature move called "Pay Day." They hurl coins at their opponent, and, if the battle is won, the trainer is free to net the spoils. Meowth has also been seen in most spin-off games and merchandise, making it truly the Pokémon series' top cat.

Persian takes on a sleeker, more beautiful form, with a name that says spoiled, high-class kitty. Like Meowth, Persian is associated with Pay Day, and the gold coin on Meowth's head has been switched out for a jewel. Persian is a normal type, but like Meowth it learns many dark type moves. In the anime, Persian was the beloved pet of Giovanni, the lead antagonist and head of the mafia group Team Rocket.

Mewtwo (#150) / Mew (#151)

Mewtwo (#150) / Mew (#151)

Mewtwo (#150) / Mew (#151)

This pair of legendary Pokémon cats is also extremely popular and has been around since the original games. Mewtwo could only be found, battled, and (hopefully) captured after the player had beaten the game. Mew was a "hidden" Pokémon—not available during normal gameplay at all and only officially given out at special Nintendo events. They might not look like cats at first sight, but official sources have confirmed that both are "feline." Mew's name even refers to the sound a kitten makes, and Mewtwo, being a clone of Mew, carries the namesake.

Both are psychic types, and as legendary Pokémon have base stats so powerful they are banned from use in Pokémon tournaments. Mew has remained a fan favorite among legendaries and Mewtwo has even more of a reputation, appearing in side games and spinoffs including an appearance as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros series.

Mewtwo also showed up as a catchable Pokémon in several games, including the most recent generation of X and Y. Mewtwo saw two possible battle-only "Mega Evolutions" in X and Y. Mew remains enigmatic, though fans frequently summon it for capture through cheats and hacking.

Espeon (#196)

Espeon (#196)

Espeon (#196)

Espeon is cat-like, if not officially confirmed to be a cat. Espeon is one of the many possible evolutions for Eevee, a popular mammalian creature whose name comes from the word "evolution." Eevee's Generation 1 possible evolutions were Flareon (Fire type), Jolteon (Electric type), and Vaporeon (Water type). Generation 2 expanded the roster to include Umbreon (the newly introduced Dark type) and Espeon, a Psychic.

Over the generations, additional "eeveelutions" have been added, such as Leafeon (guess which type that is?), Glaceon (Ice type) and the newest Sylveon (Fairy type). Eevee and most of its evolutions are generally fox-like or ambiguous mammals, though many have feline features. Espeon certainly falls into that category more than its cousins. To get an Espeon, get an Eevee to have high friendship with you and let it evolve naturally during the day (be sure to cancel the evolution if it tries to evolve at night, as that earns you an Umbreon instead).

Raikou (#243)

Raikou (#243)

Raikou (#243)

Raikou is a member of the legendary beast trio from the second generation, along with Entei and Suicune. Interestingly, there is fan debate about whether the "legendary beast trio" are cats or dogs, and some refer to them as either the "legendary dogs" or "cats." All three are mammalian with some ambiguous features, though Raikou is the only one who seems feline beyond doubt, specifically representing a sabertooth tiger.

Raikou is an electric type Pokémon, and game lore has it that Raikou appears during thunderstorms and is able to ride storm clouds. Raikou also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee as both a Pokéball attack and a trophy.

Skitty (#300) / Delcatty (#301)

Skitty (#300) / Delcatty (#301)

Skitty (#300) / Delcatty (#301)

Generation III offered a new kitty Pokémon, with names coming from "kitty" and "cat"—no ambiguity here. Though many of the cats in the game are dark type or associated with mischievous or fickle personalities, as a smiling pink kitten with needles protruding from its balloon-like tail, Skitty is all cute. It loves moving objects and will even chase its own tail until it gets dizzy. How adorable is that?

Skitty is a normal type, though it is also a part of the Fairy egg group starting from Generation VI and evolves into Delcatty with the aid of a magical Moonstone. Delcatty, though more grown-up and dignified, is no less sweet than Skitty. The pair are known for the move Assist, which lets them use the moves of opponents.

Their Pokedéx entries claim that they are particularly popular with female trainers, but a million cute cat memes on the Internet might suggest that the popularity is more gender-neutral. If you want more happiness in your life and are designing your team for aesthetics more than power level, Skitty or Delcatty are strong candidates for feline representation.

Zangoose (#335)

Zangoose (#335)

Zangoose (#335)

Generation III introduced Zangoose, a Normal-type Pokémon officially listed as a "cat ferret," with the appearance and namesake of a mongoose. The animal mongoose, it should be noted, is not directly related to cats, but does share the same species group with them (as well as hyenas and civets).

As a bipedal, white and red, thick-clawed mammal, I'm not sure "cat ferret" is my first thought when I look at Zangoose, but if you squint, you can see a few feline qualities in the face. It is perhaps best known for having an in-universe rivalry with the snake Pokémon Seviper. In fact, in horde encounters—where the player runs into a group of Pokémon instead of a single one—Zangoose and Seviper can be found together, and will even attack one another instead of the player. Zangoose has a few great attacks, including Crush Claw, which used to be exclusive to it.

Absol (#359)

Absol (#359)

Absol (#359)

Though Absol is not confirmed to be a feline (many Pokémon are simply mammalian with ambiguous or mixed features), it does have a cat-like face, almond eyes, a sharp chin, and a battle cry that sounds just like the trill of a housecat. Absol, with a heavy name that probably comes from the word "absolution," is often associated with disasters by the people of the Pokémon world, as it tends to show itself just before bad things happen. Some even believe that Absol causes disasters.

The anime offers Absol an olive branch in an episode that subverts this negative image by claiming that Absol was simply trying to warn the people of bad events. Absol is a Dark type Pokémon and the sixth generation established "Mega Absol"—a battle-only evolution in which Absol grows wings and insanely good stats.

Shinx (#403) / Luxio (#404) / Luxray (#405)

Shinx (#403) / Luxio (#404) / Luxray (#405)

Shinx (#403) / Luxio (#404) / Luxray (#405)

Finally, another cat that isn't Normal or Dark! This three-evolutions family introduced in Generation IV are all Electric type and resemble wild cats. Shinx is a cute little star-tailed guy with a name that probably comes from Lynx or Sphinx, plus a word that could be "shine" or "shock" both of which allude to its elemental type. It doesn't look particularly ferocious, but cubs of wild cats rarely do. Shinx makes its jump through Darwinism at level 15 and becomes the less cuddly Luxio.

Luxio, with a name coming from the Latin word for "light" as well as "leo" is in its adolescence, and as such is no house kitty. Its mane has started to form and its smile has withered into a "Look how tough I am!" face. At level 30, Luxio grows into adulthood as Luxray and no longer looks even remotely domestic. It retains its star tail but grows a thick black mane. More than that, its Pokédex data is somewhat frightening.

Apparently, Luxray has the power to see through anything, be it walls, or... we'll leave it at that. This also is probably what its name refers to, combining the previous Latin prefix with X-ray. Many of its data entries say that Luxio is a fierce hunter. It has high base stats and a high damage move set. Luxio also features a slight appearance difference between the genders, with male Luxio having a longer mane than female Luxio. It's definitely a strong addition to any cat lover's team, and with the exception of the aforementioned legendary Raikou, is the only Electric-type cat to date.

Glameow (#431) / Purugly (#432)

Glameow (#431) / Purugly (#432)

Glameow (#431) / Purugly (#432)

Generation IV's Glameow is another Normal type cat, and one of the many noted to have a surplus of attitude, but Glameow will also purr affectionately when happy. The joke with Glameow and its evolution Purugly is obvious without even seeing a picture of the cats in question. "Glameow" is a portmanteau of "glamorous" and "meow," so this is supposed to be one classy kitty. "Purugly" is "purr" and, well, "ugly." This evolution is a fat and much less good looking critter. Ha, ha? As a cat lover, I'm not much moved by a Pokémon with an insult worked right into the name, but it's not a bad addition to the team, either (and I wouldn't say its as ugly as it is weird looking).

The Pokédex suggests Purugly attempts to make itself look bigger and fiercer to intimidate opponents. If Purugly is not for you, never fear. With a press of the B button during an evolution attempt, trainers can cancel and keep Glameow instead. The pair learn a standard set of normal and dark moves, as well as the useful sleep inducing Psychic attack, Hypnosis.

Purrloin (#509) / Liepard (#510)

Purrloin (#509) / Liepard (#510)

Purrloin (#509) / Liepard (#510)

Generation V introduced more dark and feisty kitties: Purrloin and its evolution Liepard. As its name suggests, Purrloin loves to steal though is capable of putting on a cute act that charms both people and Pokémon and instantly earns it forgiveness. Devious, manipulative, and too cute to have enemies, Purrloin is a master thief. The cute act can be witnessed in X and Y's "Pokémon Amie" program where it giggles and poses when stroked.

Purrloin has a relatively early evolution to Liepard at level 20, who is noted for its stealth and beautiful fur. Liepard is a favorite among X and Y's villain group, Team Flare. Purrloin and Liepard learn a variety of Dark type moves, such as the powerful Night Slash and Sucker Punch. As of Generation VI, they also learn the Fairy type attack move "Play Rough." Despite the association with stealing and money, "Pay Day" remains a Meowth move, though the technique can be learned as an "egg" move by offspring if they are bred with Meowth.

Both are decent Pokémon and can be excellent additions to a cat team. The only downside is that they are yet another Dark type and many trainers prefer not to have more than one of each type in order to balance their team's elements.

Litleo (#667) / Pyroar (#668)

Litleo (#667) / Pyroar (#668)

Litleo (#667) / Pyroar (#668)

Generation VI gave cat fans the first real lion Pokémon, and a fire type cat at that! Litleo is a big-eyed cub with a scruffy mohawk of fiery fur. Don't try to pet that in Pokémon Amie, because your hand will burn! According to data entries, these Pokémon live in prides like real lions. Litleo will go off to start its own group when it becomes strong enough. Litleo takes until level 35 to level up into the majestic Pyroar, which is among a handful of Pokémon that have significant differences in appearance depending on the gender.

A male Pyroar, as one might expect, has a full mane of hair around his face, whereas the female has a long blaze of hair falling back behind her head. Both Litleo and Pyroar learn ferocious Attack moves, like Hyper Beam, Incinerate, and Overheat. Though they are Fire type, they are also strangely Normal—the only Pokémon with that particular combination. They still join most of the cats as Normal or Dark types. Lions are absolutely a welcome addition to Team Cats and powerful fire staples for any team.

Espurr (#677) / Meowstic (#678)

Espurr (#677) / Meowstic (#678)

Espurr (#677) / Meowstic (#678)

Along with Normal and Dark types, the Pokémon designers seem to see cats as psychic—a connection that has, to be fair, made by people throughout the ages. Generation VI introduced the incredibly adorable Espurr, a wide-eyed Scottish Fold kitty with folded ears and an "I see dead people" expression. Its cute-but-creepy persona is cemented by its Pokédex entry, which claims that it can blast everything within a 300 foot radius and has no control over that power. It seems to be a darling of the games.

In X and Y, Espurr are frequently seen roaming around houses and cities. Espurr's name is a play on "ESP" and "purr." At level 25, things get interesting. Like Pyroar, the male and female Meowstic look completely different (though they are not considered separate Pokémon like Nidoran and its evolutions). Both are a little bigger, with folded ears that flare up like a rabbit's when they attack. The female is white and the male is dark blue. Another distinction is that the techniques they learn are different. The female Meowstic learns more attack moves, whereas the male learns more support and "trick" moves. Its name comes from a combination of "meow" and "mystic."

This completes this list of definite or implied cats in the series as of Pokémon X and Y. There are honorable mentions as well, with a variety of monsters some fans consider or believe to be cat-inspired. Some of these include the other "Legendary Beasts," Abra and its evolutions, Sneasel, the Therian Forme of Landorus, and even Snorlax. Undoubtedly, new installments in the series will introduce new cats, and maybe one day, an all-feline team will be a feasible, full-time team possibility!

Got any more suggestions for cat type Pokémon, or want to object to anyone currently on the list? Tell us in the comments!

And if you are a dog lover, be sure to check out Dogs of the Pokémon Series!

Comments

Espeon on June 11, 2020:

I agree incineroar is weird and there are better cat Pokémon, but Litten is adorably badass

hi on June 08, 2020:

I love litten but i can't believe it can actually evolve into Incineroar its soo big and ugly I hate Incineroar the most but I love litten the most i wish they had made litten evolve in to something way better after torracat.

Maui on May 22, 2020:

What the heck no litten

Mangotea 36 on May 15, 2020:

My favorite cat Pokémon are Skitty and Delcatty,and definitely Mew and Mewtwo. But I love all of the cat themed Pokémon

Jordan Parker on May 13, 2020:

U missed the Litten line

??? on May 07, 2020:

I think Absol has a badass design, but if it is about power then it is TOTALLY mew and mew2 so I voted for them :D

Clair Quinn on April 28, 2020:

Snorlax Absol and Litten are the best!

Big Rigs on April 12, 2020:

Incineroar is a giant ass troll. I didn't look up the evolutions and was like "wow this small cat looks cool' and then it evolved and it was fine, and then it evolved again into a giant furry that shoots fire out of its crotch.

Allison Huggins on March 26, 2020:

I wish they would include Litten That's my favorite. Torrocat isn't better than Litten either, Litten is 100% the best. But then again, that's my opinion.

Jack Sharples on March 10, 2020:

They didnt include litten because this was written before alola was announced

ABSOL HUMAN on March 06, 2020:

Absol

vince on February 28, 2020:

litten,torracat and incineroar

Litten on February 23, 2020:

Litten!

Mew on January 14, 2020:

I vote Mew. As always. It's always on the list for cutest mythical pokemon.

eevee on January 12, 2020:

wow! I had no clue there were that many cat pokemon!

Skitten (Aka : Skitty and Litten ) on December 28, 2019:

Spag boi Thats not true cause then why are they cat pokemon in basicly every other list??

Trftfcftu on December 13, 2019:

Inceneroar!

Meow on December 07, 2019:

Zeraora is my favorite cat Pokémon

Spag boi on November 06, 2019:

Half of these are dogs

Pickachu on October 26, 2019:

Pika Pika? Pikachuuuu!

Chain on October 22, 2019:

There are some great cat-themed Pokémon out there. Skitty is so cute, and Liepard is too (my opinion!). I love Persian, too, but my only issue with it: its head looks WAY too small for the rest of its body. Of course, comparing it with Liepard, it could be that its body is just too thick. I'm not saying I don't like Persian (as mentioned above), and I think I even had it in my team in Let's Go, Eevee!. If I didn't, then I'll add it next time I play the games. ^=v=^

MJ on September 07, 2019:

Snorlax is also very cat-like. With the pointy ears, of course.

Mina Parker on September 01, 2019:

Gengar is based on a Cheshire cat.

Donald J Rump on August 22, 2019:

Mew and Mewtwo are not cats

newshostweb on July 28, 2019:

i love this

Mirajane on July 25, 2019:

You forgot litten

PokemansBuddy54 Jimmy on July 21, 2019:

I like a lot of Pokemon :)

Miriam on July 03, 2019:

I like Toracat.

A person :\ on June 17, 2019:

POKEMON IS WEIRD

#POKEMONLOVER on June 13, 2019:

I love ALL the Pokemon :)

Kitty! on June 06, 2019:

There are more! Zeraora, Solgaleo, etc..

I found them here https://purrfectlove.net/cat-inspired-pokemon/

Peter on May 31, 2019:

My Fav is zeraora

Tony on May 17, 2019:

Is Mewtwo a cat?

Luli on May 13, 2019:

My favourite cat is litten or any of the eevee evolutions

Kat on May 10, 2019:

I’m not a Pokémon expert. I played as a kid and now I hunt with my son, but personally my favorite cat-like Pokémon is Sneasel. Probably cause he looks like my baby black cat

Sol-leks on May 07, 2019:

litten, torracat, inceniroar

cheetahcub2006 on May 05, 2019:

I think luxray should mega evolve

TrainerSophie on May 03, 2019:

Honestly in my opinion esspur is pretty cute but really and all I've loved every type of cat Pokemon I love every Pokemon actually so if you ever actually asked me what Pokemon I love the best I would say every single one of them

Catmam on May 01, 2019:

Bruh where’s Espeon for the vote

No one asked you on May 01, 2019:

I like almost every cat

Re: Where is Litten? on April 24, 2019:

It’s already been mentioned that this article was written a year before the starters were announced to the world. The reason those cats aren’t on the list is because the cats didn’t exist yet. This is the equivalent of going back to 2001 and saying Kyogre is the best fish Pokemon.

Where is Litten? on April 18, 2019:

This is an offence to me because Litten is my favourite pokemon and what about Torracat and Incinaroar?!?! I AM OFFENDED!!!

Re: Where's Litten? on April 14, 2019:

This article was written in 2015, over a year before Sun and Moon released. Litten & Co. weren't yet known to the public.

Where's Litten? on April 12, 2019:

I looked up cat Pokemon and came here to see litten but no litten,Incineroar or even Torracat

hello remember these Pokemon?

logan on March 19, 2019:

I like meowstic

Poke master on March 10, 2019:

Great stuff

TAU on March 05, 2019:

Espeon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#streamCAUTION on February 23, 2019:

Espeon!

Kiera on December 15, 2018:

Espie!!!

kar on November 17, 2018:

shinx is awesome!!

mayna on October 01, 2018:

zangoose is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gfrey on September 08, 2018:

I would say Solgaleo, Dusk Mane Necrozma, and Zeraora.

brittyn on September 03, 2018:

litten and up is my baby:3

Daniel on August 14, 2018:

I like Litten, Torracat And Incineroar but also Absol and espurr and meowstic

Catfan on August 08, 2018:

My favorite cat pokemon is Litten

Catcrazy on July 06, 2018:

I really love Espurr and Meowstic

Kitten on May 28, 2018:

Litten, Torcat, Incinaror are all cat Pokemon n Sun and moon and its the fire starter in gen 7 same in ultra sun and ultra moon (the games are in the same gen like in black, white black 2 and white 2).

Meh on May 20, 2018:

To camryn;

"They might not look like cats at first sight, but official sources have confirmed that both are "feline." Mew's name even refers to the sound a kitten makes, and Mewtwo, being a clone of Mew, carries the namesake."

Perhaps you should read before typing something like, "Mew is not a cat and the same for Mew 2 does Mew 2 look like a cat to you!"

Peter on May 12, 2018:

ABSOLutely has to be Absol!

Vote/Opinion on May 09, 2018:

Litten, Torracat and Incineroar are the best in my opinion

My vote on May 05, 2018:

Skitty but is mew and mewto really a cat?

camryn on April 22, 2018:

Mew is not a cat and the same for Mew 2 does Mew 2 look like a cat to you!

Parker on April 14, 2018:

I love mew and mewtwo

anonymous on April 11, 2018:

Espeon

Cat loving fan on April 10, 2018:

Liepard

Freya Sarty Leniston on March 30, 2018:

Litten, Fire type

loluglybutitsgonnabebetter on March 15, 2018:

Absol looks like a dog not like a cat

LadyMidinightGC on March 15, 2018:

I like Glaceon

Angelique on March 11, 2018:

Love Mew and Mewtow ,one is cute

Jack on January 31, 2018:

Eevee

and sylveon

Unknown on January 23, 2018:

Solgaleo is a legendary from VII, resembling a lion.

charlie rose on January 21, 2018:

I never knew there were so many cat-like pokemon. i am a beginner of cores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

somebody on January 14, 2018:

There's actually a new group of cat Pokemon. Gen 7's fire starter is Litten, which evolves to Torracat, then Incineroar. (OMG INCINEROAR SO AWESOME IT BEATS EVERYTHING YAY)

maxolotl on December 27, 2017:

i like espurr cus its just to cute. idk how ppl find it creepy tbh. hh

Irusan on December 23, 2017:

Espeon is the most cat-like eeveelution. *puts on cool shades* "Deal with it."

Also, this was made before Alola came out, so Litten is not on here even though its name comes from "Little" and "KitteOh, and about Victini... well... I love Victini... but... just no. I never saw a cat-like part of it when I looked at it, and I did... A LOT.

Mincinno too, um... Chincilla's aren't cats... Sneasel isn't a cat either... Sorry to be saying all this stuff, but it IS the truth, and... how do I say this..?: Would you rather grow up being lied to about who your parents are your entire childhood then learn who they are and that they weren't aloud to be in love due to social classes, or know the truth from the beginning? I know that is extreme, but... who cares? I know I don't!

Nick on November 15, 2017:

Litten is the coolest cat

tghet5rhrt on November 10, 2017:

Espeon

i love pokimon on October 21, 2017:

Mew!

Cat lover4675 on October 12, 2017:

Purrloin +lie pard

Jirachi on October 03, 2017:

Victini is actually a cat. Because of its pointy, rather catlike ears and its little fangs, this pokemon should be considered a kitty!

Cat Lover on September 22, 2017:

I like litten!

Harmony Moore on September 15, 2017:

What episode is that pic of Meowth and The clone of Pikachu from ?

IMNOTREVEALINGMYNAME on August 30, 2017:

I like Litten, but I feel like its evolution, incineroar is just what might as well be another cliche fire/fighting type.

aa on August 28, 2017:

zangoose

Contessa Princessa on August 23, 2017:

wow. I love pokemon. gotta catch...em all.

Abba on August 23, 2017:

Sergey, Minccino is a chinchilla

Samuel, Mew was designed to resemble a cat fetus and Mewtwo is a clone of mew

Thus, also a cat

Samuel on August 16, 2017:

Mew and Mewtwo are not cats. Plus, Mew does not evolve into Mewtwo.

A on August 14, 2017:

3 new cats in Generation VII: Litten (starter), Torracat, & Incineroar.

Andrew from Rep Boston MA on August 01, 2017:

The cats of the pokemon series were always cute. The stats of all but the legendary cat and Absol for die-hard perfectionists of the individual stats are questionable at best. Great article though!

Zippy the rock on July 31, 2017:

@Moustache cat

No gengar is a ghost pokemon

Doge111 on July 30, 2017:

Litten, Torracat and his/her last evolution...

kelly elma brown on July 05, 2017:

i love all the mouse and dog pokemon

Sergey Karachun on July 04, 2017:

Litten isn't mentioned cause it''s from 7 gen, and author didn't play Sun/Moon when wrote this article, I can understand that. But what about Minccino? Isn't that a cat pokemon?

PS: Commentators, don't forget, that author's last game played is XY. It''s very stupid to convince her about not mention Litten and it''s evolutions.

Thanks for an article.

Carlos Maz on July 03, 2017:

sneasel???!!!

Lex on July 02, 2017:

What about litten?

Spook on June 23, 2017:

Litten?

Mustache cat on June 23, 2017:

Shinx is a cat because it's A sphinx wich is part human part lion,mew is a naked,unborn cat,mewtwo...is a clone of mew,and raikou is not a dog it's a saber-toothed tiger,you can find that out by looking at his face,and body ;)

Mustache cat on June 23, 2017:

Is Gangar a cat?

Catlover on June 21, 2017:

CATS RULE DOGS DROOL realy they do they drool every were hehe

Julia on June 15, 2017:

I like LittLitten most