Last year on May the Fourth, we shared a bit about felines in the Star Wars universe. In particular, the many species of tooka, a small animal with cat-like appearance and behavior that was featured in both the Rebels and Clone Wars animated series. Tookas also make an appearance in the new Forces of Destiny animated shorts. In one episode, Jyn Erso saves and befriends a tooka that has adopted by a girl as a pet.
We at CatSynth love these short videos in the Forces of Destiny series. Most of the attention has gone to their featuring of the women in the franchise, but they also cleverly weave together characters from different stories over the timeline. We will have more to say about this series in a future article. But for now, May the Fourth Be With You! (Oy vey!)
As we join many of our friends in the informal celebration of May 4th as Star Wars Day (i.e., “May the Fourth be with you”, oy vey), we lament the lack of felines in the Star Wars cannon. There doesn’t appear to me a feline sentient species analogous to Caitians in Star Trek. But there is a cat-like family of creatures that appear in the animated series Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels: the tooka.
Tookas are quite feline in appearance and appear to serve a similar function to domestic cats on Earth as companion animals and rodent control. A specious of tookah native to the planet Lothar, the Loth-cat, is shown in Rebels. They appear to live wild on the grasslands of the planet, but can also be kept as pets.