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Spot - Orange tabby cat seen on the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94. Debuting on episode No. 85 "Data's Day," Spot lived with android Lt. Cmdr. Data (Brent Spiner) serving onboard the 24th century starship USS Enterprise-D. He was originally cast as a Somali cat, but in later appearances became a common house cat. It wasn't until episode No. 99 "In Theory" that Spot actually got her name.

The following is a poem called "Ode to Spot" written by Data:

"Felis Catus is your taxonomic nomenclature, an endothermic quadruped carnivorous by nature. Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses. I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations, a singular development of cat communications that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection. A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents, you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance. And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion, it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion. O, Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array. And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend, I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend."

Once, in an attempt to find just the right food for his "Terran Felis Domesticus," Spot's master, Data, created some seventy-four different foods for her.

TRIVIA NOTE: Spot was played by two cats, Monster and Brandy. Brandy did most of the lying-around scenes, and Monster did most of the jumping and running. Both cats were owned and trained by Rob Bloch.

On the sitcom CAPTAIN NICE/NBC/1967, the forgetful father of police chemist Carter Nash (a.k.a. superhero "Captain Nice") called his son "Spot."


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