Maneko offers a decent addition to a team with its wide movepool and good attacking stats. Its Speed is its second highest stat, and when coupled with Limber, this doesn't prove to be much of a problem. Maneko suffers from low defenses however, and serves more as an offensive Pokémon rather than a defensive one. It has the stat-boosting moves to take advantage of, as well as access to Baton Pass to pass those buffs onto another 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 Peyero for Fire typing, this Pokémon may find itself resting in the PC instead of being used.
It is a cute-looking Pokémon, which could sway a few Trainers. In addition, it can also hold a Rawst Berry in the wild.