- "Meow... Meow... Meow..."
- ―The orphaned kitten
The orphaned kitten (named Mimi, Tama or Chibi) is a kitten the player may interact with in Shenmue.
The kitten's mother was run over and killed by the black car Lan Di was in. Megumi Mishima was crying with the kitten when its mother was killed. Megumi's mother wouldn't allow the kitten to stay at their home, so she kept it in a box at the Yamanose Shrine.
Ryo Hazuki feels he and the kitten have a lot in common because both of their parents passed away the same date and as a result of the same killer. Kids in the neighborhood also come to take care of the kitten. The kitten's leg heals eventually and she walks around the shrine.
Later on, before Ryo gets the job at the New Yokosuka Harbor District the kitten jumps on a roof at the shrine. Megumi was scared when the kitten jumped down, but was relieved when she saw she was okay. Around this same time, Megumi's mother Fusayo Mishima allows her to keep the kitten at her home.
The kitten's name purely depends on the name Ryo chooses.
- Mimi (ミミ): This is the kitten's name if Ryo chooses it, does not choose a name at all or if he chooses "Sasuke". Megumi likes this name because it means her ears are so cute.
- Tama (タマ): Another chooseable name. This was the name of Megumi's sister Mayumi Mishima's cat, which she also kept at the Yamanose Shrine.
- Chibi (チビ): Another possible name for the kitten. "Chibi" means "the little one" in Japanese.
- Sasuke (サスケ): Megumi dislikes this name because it's a boy's name. If Ryo chooses it, he says "so she can grow up to be big and strong like a ninja". This is the only name the kitten cannot have, as it will result in her name being defaulted to Mimi.
- Duck, another animal character
- Although this should be obvious, Shenmue depicts a concerning and dated way of caring for animals, and the different standards at the time, and may send the message that such "care" is acceptable. Leaving kittens in boxes and expecting neighborhood kids to care for them or check on them every once in a while is considered improper, as they may be hit by a car, starve, be subjected to harsh conditions such as rain/freezing snow, be killed by a wild coyote or predatory animal, be abducted and tortured by psychopaths, etc. In addition, kids can be rowdy and injure animals, especially small ones. The proper course of action is to give the animal to the local animal shelter, ideally a no-kill one. This is exemplified by the fact that the kitten's leg is injured or broken, requiring veterinary care, but everyone in the game expects it to heal on its own. The orphaned kitten survives in Shenmue, although many stray animals do not. It should not be surprising that the kitten actually goes missing.