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Tabby

Tabby drawn in the books

Tabby is Mildred's cat through her years at Cackle's Academy and Weirdsister College. Tabby is the only non-black cat at Cackle's, and the only one not specifically bred as a witch's cat, and it's clear that he's not the ideal familiar for a young witch. He's hopeless at flying (he struggles to stay on the broomstick) and also a pretty dimwitted and cowardly. He is however very friendly and affectionate, and remains Mildred's faithful companion throughout. Tabby is very cuddly and curls up to sleep with Mildred at night.

In the 1998 series, every witch was originally intended to have a black cat each, but since Miss Hardbroom found it unlikely that Mildred would ever pass the broomstick test, she didn't get a cat for her. Fortunately, Mildred succeeded and the school granted het Tabby. They try to swap Tabby for a black cat named Ebony in Carried Away, but Mildred quickly swaps it back. Tabby's mother is Mrs Tapioca's cat, Lightning.

In the 2017 series, they don't have enough cats because Mildred wasn't originally enrolled for Cackle's, and they already had the kittens before Mildred was accepted into the school. In Spelling Bee, Tabby is sent to the kitchens to catch Mice, but Mildred gets him back in the end.

In the books and the 1998 series, Tabby is grey, while in the 1986 film and the 2017 Series he is brown and white.

Millie tabby

‘I must admit, it does look a bit dim, doesn’t it?’ said Mildred, scratching the tabby kitten’s head. ‘But I don’t really mind. I just have to think of another name, I was going to call it Sooty."- The Worst Witch.

Trivia

  • Tabby’s name in other languages:

French: Petipas
German: Tapsi

Dutch: Streepje

Appearances

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