So most people would like to see Reeves participate as a party member, but he is one. He controls Cait Sith. Or…Cait Sith is sentient. Rather, I think Cait Sith is artificial intelligence, taking orders from Reeves. I guess the orders are like spy on them.
In Final Fantasy VII it is never specified if Cait Sith is controlling the Moogle robot, or if the Shinra Executive Reeve is controlling both himself, but the 10th Anniversary Ultimania states Reeve controls the Moogle through Cait Sith’s megaphone.
So then Reeve communicates through the microphone rather than through Cait Sith who uses the microphone. OK.
But what about Cait Sith’s “Moogle vehicle”? Weirdly enough, it’s yet another plush animal that the former rides upon. Cait Sith controls it, and it also serves as his muscle.
But curiously, it appears as if a person could fit inside of it, even if in the fetal position. Consider this:
According to Final Fantasy 10th Anniversary Ultimania the crown is an indispensable part of Cait Sith pertaining to Reeve Tuesti’s hobby, although the hobby’s nature is not specified.
This hobby, I submit to you, is dressing up in a Moogle suit while ridden around by an anthropomorphic cat.
Yes, that’s right, I think Reeves was in Cait Sith’s Moogle until the Temple of the Ancient. While in the fetal position, Reeves sits inside of the Moogle for fun. The Moogle is fully operational and can move on its own. So in a sense, Reeves rides inside of the Moogle, like Shinji inside of his Evangelion.
Cait Sith often refers to himself in the first person, and, as it would be impractical for Reeve to control Cait Sith directly all the time, he could have a sort of artificial intelligence.
Reeve also can’t control him often, as he is sweating underneath the Moogle suit. He sweats so much that it creates a water barrier around him.
Cloud Strife and his party meet a rebuilt and improved Cait Sith at the Gold Saucer during their worldwide search for Sephiroth. He tries to tell Cloud’s fortune and after several failed attempts predicts that “What you pursue will be yours. But you will lose something dear.” Spooked by the prediction, Cait Sith forces Cloud to take him along, as he wishes to see what the fortune means.
And so off he goes, riding inside of a giant Moogle suit. All the while, the party goes through dungeons and fights enemies.
I’m sure that he sloshes around in the Moogle suit whenever it walks. The whole team wonders what that sound is. Who knows, we may be able to hear this in the remake.
In reality, Reeve uses Cait Sith to spy on Cloud and his allies and report back to Shinra. Cloud suspects soon after leaving Gold Saucer the party has a traitor but does not know it is Cait Sith.
…but he really just likes riding in a Moogle suit. He sits in there in his business suit, cross-legged, spinning around as if in a washing machine.
For obvious reasons, Reeve cannot be in the Moogle suit during the Temple of the Ancients. And by then, the inside of the Moogle suit is very, very sweaty and very, VERY dirty. So Reeve comes up with the best way to get rid of it: discard it in the Ancient Temple. He’ll send a brand new one anyway to spy on Cloud and company. And it works with the theme of humans exploiting the Earth and using the world as their trash can.
So he ditches the suit, running back to Midgar in nothing but his boxers.
Of course, being a Shinra executive means he can no longer ride in the Moogle suit.
…that’s it. That’s my theory.