Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is an adorable game about cat-watching. By setting out toys and food, you can attract some very fine-looking felines. Once they’re in your yard, you can take their picture and place it in your “cat book.”
It’s like bird-watching. But with cats.
While most of your visitors are normal cats (if any cat can be considered normal), some rare “themed” kitties may visit your yard, too. These visitors are primarily attracted via very specific items.
While some item / cat pairings are probably obvious, there are definitely some more obscure team-ups. So here’s a complete list of items that attract rare cats in Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector.
First, a word about food: High-quality food stands a much better chance of attracting rare cats than Thrifty Bitz or Frisky Bitz. Food bought with gold fish — particularly sashimi, Bonito Bitz, and Deluxe Tuna Bits — is much likelier to bring all the rare cats to your yard.
In fact, some of the more extravagant cats, like Kathmandu and Lady Meow Meow, won’t show their faces at all if you decide to go cheap.
Food is just one half of the equation. Next, you need the right item for the right kitty:
How to attract Joe DiMeowgio: Set out a baseball item for this tiny Hanshin Tiger.
How to attract Senor Don Gato: This gallant cat loves the Mister Mouse item.
How to attract Xerxes XI: Only the fancy Zanzibar Cushion is good enough for this royal Persian. If you’re having trouble getting him to visit, you may need to set out fancy food.
How to attract Chairman Meow: This camo-cat loves the Earthenware Pot.
How to attract St Purrtrick: The ethereal St Purrtrick will visit if you have the Silk Crepe Pillow present.
How to attract Miss Fortune: Set down the cardboard house so this beckoning cat can do her job.
How to attract Bob the Cat: Bob the Cat is a mountain cat who loves to climb. He’ll appear when you put out the Cat Metropolis.
How to attract Conductor Whiskers: Conductor Whiskers, who’s based on the late great station master Tama, likes the Twisty Rail. She’ll also visit if you set out the Cardboard Choo-Choo.
How to attract Tubbs: Tubbs may well be the first rare cat you see. If you set out any food better than Thrifty Bitz, he’ll inevitably wander in and eat everything. If you let him sit around for a while after he eats, he’ll reward your patience and generosity with a lot of fish. Tubbs may also show up if you set out the Giant Cushion item.
How to attract Mr Meowgi: The venerable Mr Meowgi likes the Scratching Log and the Sakura Pillow.
How to attract Lady Meow Meow: This fancy American shorthair likes the Luxurious Hammock. She won’t show up at all if you put out cheap food.
How to attract Guy Furry: Great kitty cook Guy Furry may cook for you if you set out the Glass Vase or Heating Stove. Unsurprisingly, he seems to be unimpressed with cheap food.
How to attract Kathmandu: Another member of royalty (supposedly), Kathmandu likes the Temari Ball. He won’t show up if there’s cheap food in your yard.
How to attract Ramses the Great: Sphinx cats need something to guard, so give Ramses the Pyramid Tent.
How to attract Sassy Fran: Put out the Cardboard Café item and Sassy Fran will be around to take your order in no time.
How to attract Billy the Kitten: This nihilistic cowboy will show up if you put out the Cowboy Hat. Which is odd, because he already has a hat.