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"Dude is Tobias's pet cat."

Dude was Tobias' pet tabby cat. He was acquired by Tobias as his first ever morph and was also the first animal ever acquired by an Animorph.


"I became Dude. Just like the Andalite said. It was so amazing. [...] I had fur, Jake. And I was growing claws. You should have seen the real Dude. He went nuts. I had to put him outside before I could morph all the way. He clawed me up pretty good."
Tobias to Jake[src]

Dude was a pet tabby cat that Tobias owned. The same night Elfangor gave the Animorphs the ability to morph and told about the Yeerk invasion, Tobias went home and acquired Dude, during which Dude sliced his finger.[1]


  • Dude was the first animal acquired and morphed by any of the Animorphs.
  • Dude can be seen on the inside cover of The Change in a framed picture on a bookshelf in the background of Tobias' room. Dude s intended to look like illustrator David Mattingly 's cat Orson. Mattingly tries to put a picture or mention of Orson in all of his artwork, including many of the Animorphs books inside covers.
  • Even though Tobias cannot morph into Dude anymore, it is likely that Dude's DNA is still within Tobias. When Tobias was human, he had both the cat and the hawk DNA within him, and upon trapping himself as a hawk, he would have still had his human and cat DNA within him, albeit being unusable for morphing.