Nature Cat (Fred)
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Biographical information
Full Name
Nature Cat
Resides In
Chicago (formerly California)
Physical Description
Hair Color
Pale Yellow
Feather Color
Eye Color
Personal Information
Daisy, Squeeks, Hal Jingles (old friend) Nature Dog (current)

Bad Dog Bart

The Snake
Water, Porcupine (formerly)
Production Information
First Appearance
Latest Appearance
Voice By

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Nature Cat, (also known as Fred) is one of the four main protagonists of the PBS Kids original series Nature Cat, along with Daisy, Hal, and Squeeks. In the absence of his owners, Fred transforms into his alter-ego Nature Cat, narrating himself as such throughout the show. He is the main protagonist in leading a group of three other animals, frequently using the expressions "Tally-Ho!" and "Onward and Yonward!" when initiating and continuing his adventures, lending to his optimistic and cheerful attitude in encouraging enthusiasm for the natural world. Taran Killam appraises Nature Cat as a positive character for children, describing his handling of adversity as “A great example of when you fall down you get back right up… and try it again”. He will occasionally drop from his ‘Nature Cat’ persona where, much like a regular house cat, he can suddenly become nervous or frightened. This can include having to interact with water, lamenting “Why does it always have to be water?”, but in these situations, he ultimately ends up finding the confidence to persist.

Nature Cat is voiced by Taran Killam of Saturday Night Live.


In the episode Call It A Night, he remembers the time that his hat has been with him since he was a kitten. and in The Return Of Bad Dog Bart, he brings an emotional flashback when the family's toys had been stolen and Gwendolyn had to leave to find Bad Dog Bart to find her family's toys. 


He is a pale yellow cat with an over-sized head and a lavender nose. He wears a green hat on his head with a red feather attached to it, and a green shirt with orange lines and brown sleeves, and a thick orange line going across it, making it look like he's wearing a sash, and an orange belt on his waist, brown pants, and light red shoes. Under his red shoes, are his ticklish feet which have four toes. 

As a kitten, his fur color is darker, his hat is small, his nose is bigger, he wears a lighter shirt with the red line and wears brown pants and pink cheeks, and his shoes are a darker color. He also speaks with a lisp.

In A Nature Carol, for pajamas, he wears a green long sleeve nightgown, a green nightcap, and light brown/orange slippers on his feet. He was also was once a plant, as shown in the gallery.


  • One of his catchphrases, "Water. Why did it have to be water?" is a likely reference to the famous line "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?" said by Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • His outfit is very similar to the one worn by the famous character Robin Hood.
  • His appearance is very similar to that of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, Top Cat.
  • As it is shown throughout the series, Nature Cat appears to have aquaphobia, which is the fear of water.


Nature Cat
Nature Cat
Nature Cat - Squeeks - Hal - Daisy
Additional Characters
Sir. Galahad - Ronald - Alice - Marvin - Buster - Harold - Mary - Zazu - Bad Dog Bart - Gracie
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