Nature Cat
GenreChildren's fiction
Animated sitcom
Created byAdam Rudman
David Rudman
Todd Hannert[1]
Voices of
Theme music composerBill Sherman
Opening theme"Nature Cat Theme Song", performed by Taran Killam, Christopher Jackson, and Veronica Jackson
Ending theme"Nature Cat Theme" (instrumental)
  • Stuart Kollmorgen
  • Doug Califano
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes93 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Adam Rudman
  • David Rudman
  • Vince Commisso (seasons 1–3)
  • Steven Jarosz (seasons 1–3)
  • Blake Tohana (seasons 2–3)
  • Heather Walker (seasons 4)
  • Caroline Bandolik[1]
  • Frances Nankin[1]
  • Jesse McMahon[1]
  • Scott Scornavacco[1]
Running time12 minutes (segments only)
28 minutes (series)
Production companiesSpiffy Pictures
WTTW Chicago
9 Story Media Group (seasons 1–3)
Yowza! Animation (seasons 4–5)
Original release
NetworkPBS Kids
ReleaseNovember 25, 2015 (2015-11-25) –
January 2, 2024 (2024-01-02)

Nature Cat is an educational animated children's television series that premiered on November 25, 2015 on PBS Kids and is aimed at children aged 3–8.[2][3] The series follows the adventures of four main characters: Nature Cat, Hal the Dog, Squeeks the Mouse, and Daisy the Bunny. The show has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program".[4] The series debut in November achieved nearly 3.7 million viewers, and by March it has achieved 69 million video streams across online platforms.[5] As of October 2016, Nature Cat has been renewed for a second and third season.[6] The second season premiered on January 1, 2018. Then the third season premiered on April 18, 2019. In 2021, the show was renewed for a fourth and fifth season. The fourth season premiered on May 9, 2022, while the fifth and final season premiered on April 17, 2023.[7]

The show's soundtrack, The Green Album, was released on February 16, 2018 through BMG Rights Management (which also owns the song publishing rights to Nature Cat).

On June 5, 2018, the first DVD Onward and Pondward was released. Tomy owns the toy license to Nature Cat, and has released several stuffed animals of the main characters.[8]


The series takes place in the suburban areas of Chicago, Illinois, following Fred, a yellow house cat with dreams of exploring outside. Once his human owners leave for the day from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM, he transforms into Nature Cat, who cannot wait for backyard nature excursions. However, Fred has one problem: he has no instincts for nature.[2] Through the learning experiences of the characters, this series intends to encourage children to similarly engage with and develop understanding of nature.


Main article: List of Nature Cat episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
140[9]November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)September 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)
220January 1, 2018 (2018-01-01)April 17, 2019 (2019-04-17)
315April 18, 2019 (2019-04-18)June 4, 2021 (2021-06-04)
410May 9, 2022 (2022-05-09)September 23, 2022 (2022-09-23)
510April 17, 2023 (2023-04-17)January 2, 2024 (2024-01-02)



Many primary cast members are better known for their work on the hit NBC comedy sketch show, Saturday Night Live.



The series premiered on PBS Kids on November 25, 2015 in the United States, with it being the highest-rated children's premiere on the network at the time.[13] It aired on Mondays and Wednesdays but was later promoted to each weekday starting January 18, 2016.[14][15] The original run ended on January 2, 2024; however, there remains two previously announced specials that have yet to air.[16]

International broadcast

The series aired on Family Jr. and Family CHRGD in Canada, Discovery Kids in Latin America, E-Junior in the United Arab Emirates and TG4 in Ireland for season 1. It is currently unknown when seasons 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be airing internationally.






  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Credits :: Nature Cat". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "New PBS Kids Series Nature Cat Will Premiere November 25, 2015". Public Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015.
  3. ^ PBS KIDS [@PBS KIDS] (May 13, 2015). KIDS/status/598491888035831808 "Nature Cat designed for kids 3 to 8 and inspired by Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods. - Sara Dewitt #PBSam #PBSKIDS" (Tweet). Retrieved 25 March 2016 – via Twitter. ((cite web)): Check |url= value (help)
  4. ^ "PBS and PBS KIDS Receive 44 Daytime Emmy® Nominations". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Nature Cat is a new PBS Kids Series Produced by Spiffy Pictures". Toonboom Blog.
  6. ^ "PBS KIDS greenlights Nature Cat for two more seasons". Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  7. ^ "Nature Cat, Season 5". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on February 14, 2023. Retrieved February 14, 2023.
  8. ^ "TOMY Introduces Nature Cat Toy Line • The Toy Book". The Toy Book. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  9. ^ "Highland Park brothers create hit 'Nature Cat' cartoon for PBS". Chicago Tribune.
  10. ^ "NATURE CAT Taran Killam Interview". YouTube. PBS KIDS.
  11. ^ "NATURE CAT Interview with Kate McKinnon". YouTube. PBS Kids.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nature Cat full cast and crew". IMDb. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Nature Cat - Work". Brown Bag Films. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  14. ^ "PBS KIDS to Premiere All-new One-hour NATURE CAT Special". Arlington, VA. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  15. ^ "Nature Cat Debuts on SDPB in November". SDPB. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  16. ^ "PBS Greenlights 'Nature Cat' Seasons 4 and 5". Animation World Network. 3 August 2021. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  17. ^ The Green Album (Music from the Original TV Series) by Nature Cat, 2018-02-16, retrieved 2018-08-29