The newest addition to the Star Trek: Discovery crew was announced today as part of the official Star Trek Day coverage. Grudge Cat, played by Leeu, is the newest in a line of four-legged stars in the Star Trek franchise.
Grudge is a pet of Cleveland “Book” Booker, a new character for Discovery season 3 played by David Ajala. During the Star Trek Day Disco panel Ajala gave a description of Book’s cat:
I can say the Grudge is a queen. She is feisty. She is cynical, cautious, and wary of people. But when she embraces you and it takes you in, she takes you in. It’s tough love! I’ve had to work my way up the ladder.
Leeu’s handlers say the 2-year-old Maine Coon has taken to his new role, calling him a “one-take wonder.” His new castmates also praised their new feline costar during the Discovery Star Trek Day preview.
The official Star Trek Twitter account made the announcement today along with this very cute behind the scenes video:
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) September 8, 2020
Grudge the Cat even has his own Instagram and Twitter account, the latter of which already has almost 1,000 followers at the time of writing. Follow along with the newest member of the Trek family on Instagram @grudgecat and Twitter @Grudge_Cat.
Cats in Trek History
Grudge has some big paws to fill. Other feline characters to grace the celluloid (or tape, as it were) of Trek include Sylvia in cat form and Gary Seven’s cat Isis from The Original Series, Data’s cat Spot (played by several cat actors, both male and female) in The Next Generation, Miles O’Brien’s cat Chester in Deep Space Nine, and Barclay’s cat Neelix in Voyager, to name a few (the complete list is at, where do you think, Memory Alpha). Come to think of it, not having a cat in a Star Trek series is actually unusual. I’m looking at you, Porthos.
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