"Pantalaimon, in his most tense and wary wildcat-form"
Wild cat
Creative Commons AttributionWild cat - Credit: Steve Snodgrass

Pan often takes the form of a cat when Lyra is nervous, afraid or angry. Lyra herself is described as being cat-like, especially in reference to her wildness at the start of her journey. It is also one of the things that ties her to Lord Asriel, her true father, who is often described as looking like a lion. He has a snow leopard for a dæmon.