We know from genesis that Spot has escaped from Data‘s quarters several times, and I personally would have loved a B plot where Data loses her and ropes the entire senior crew into helping him retrieve her. All the while, he’s Definitely Not Freaking Out, because rationally he knows there’s no way she could have gotten off the ship, but his positronic net won’t stop bombarding him with worst case scenarios. But also, he’s an android, Androids Don’t Have Feelings, and these impulsive thoughts definitely don’t point to the existence of some special android emotions, no siree.
ID: Six gifs from TNG, showing Data, Reg Barclay and cat Spot in Data’s quarters. The color palette consists of mostly yellows and oranges. The first two gifs are close-ups of Data and Barclay holding Spot. The next two gifs show them standing very close. Spot is on Barclay’s arm and they caress her. The last two gifs show Data and Barclay leaning over a couch. End ID.