Actually, she had him with her after she came back from The Nostromo voyage and was working the loading docks. She told him she was leaving him behind for JC's "Aliens" trip. So given that she (Hicks, Newt & Bishop's head) didn't make it back at all... I just assumed he died in her apt. back on Earth. Unless she had a neighbor take him while she was gone.I wonder about this a lot.
Ripley said "And you, you little ****head.... you're staying here?"
But with whom?
Who looked after him?
Who fed him?
And what was his fate when Ripley never came home?
We should have been told in my opinion.
Don't you agree?
You're assuming that Jones was just a normal cat...We had "Newt's Tale" as a graphic novel, telling everything from her viewpoint....
Why not "Jonesy's Tail"
Our hero has been very hard done by, comic book wise....
There was Alien: The Illustrated Story, that came out when the first film did.
Here is a rare glimpse of our furry friend, in graphic novel form!
Note the somewhat disdainful look directed at Sigourney Weaver. I suspect that this was a clash of acting egos that also took place on the actual film set.