Maneko offers a decent addition to a team with its wide move pool and good attacking stats. Its Speed is its third highest stat, but when coupled with Limber this doesn't prove to be too much of a problem. Maneko suffers from low bulk, however, and serves more as an offensive Pokémon rather than defensive. It has the stat-boosting moves to boost its Attack / Special Attack stats and Speed and take advantage of them as well as access to Baton Pass to pass these onto a fellow team member.
Unfortunately Maneko can only be caught at Fire Island, which is only available after obtaining the seventh badge. Due to the late opportunity to catch it as well as competition from Magby, Embird and the Fire starter Peyero for the Fire typing, this Pokémon may find itself resting in the PC instead of being used.
It is a cute-looking Pokémon, however, which can sway a few Trainers ... plus it can also hold a Rawst Berry in the wild.