This particular design comes unlabelled, it is recognisable as either Rumpleteaser or Etcetera.
Rumpleteaser was originally played by Bonnie Langford in the original London production, whose distinctive ginger hair and bright smile influenced the look of her character. The original cast also had an ensemble of un-named kittens with prototype costume designs.
When Cats transferred to Broadway, the decision was made to cut Mungo and Rumple as individual ensemble characters; instead they were characters performed to entertain Bustopher Jones, in the way Rumpus Cat is a cat dressed up to entertain Old Deuteronomy. Rumpleteaser was performed by Etcetera, who spent the rest of the show in the ensemble. Etcetera was not a name used previously. The Broadway production was still using Etcetera for Rumpleteaser in 1987. Etcetera first appears as a recognisable pale kitten, squealing at Tugger, in the London production around 1988.
Around the same time, the Broadway production did away with the concept of Mungo and Rumple being a performance for Bustopher, and brought them into full-time ensemble characters. They used the existing Etcetera costume design for Rumpleteaser.
Therefore, this unlabelled design could be originally intended as Rumpleteaser, or could be the un-named kitten who went on the be Etcetera. Either way, both cats are descended from the same basic concept.
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