Dinah is the pet cat of Alice Liddell. In American McGee's Alice, she is portrayed as a black cat. In the prologue to the game, Dinah knocks over an oil lamp, making it seem like she set Alice's home on fire which led to the deaths of Alice's parents. She can be seen in the epilogue of the game when Alice is leaving Rutledge Asylum, but surprisingly does not appear physically in Madness Returns.
American McGee's Alice Edit
In American McGee's Alice, Dinah is known to be the only cause of the fire. In the opening scene, she is seen in Alice's home close to her fireplace. Dinah stretches and gently bumps a stack of books, causing them to tumble and collide with several other objects including a lamp, which breaks and spills into the fire, causing the blaze to move from its current position and burn the home.
Alice: Madness Returns Edit
In Alice: Madness Returns, it turns out Dinah had a role in the fire, but she wasn't the cause of it at all. If anything, Dinah saved Alice's life by showing her the only safe way to escape the house; to leap out the window. It is revealed the house fire had been started by Alice's psychiatrist, Dr. Angus Bumby, a rapist who possibly killed Alice's sister Elizabeth Liddell before starting the fire.
In the files, Alice states about the white cat she sees, "This lovely white feline reminded me of Snowdrop, Dinah’s alerambunctious kitten. I try not to think about her. She’d be an old lady now—if she’s alive."
- Dinah's name is misspelled "Dynah" in the subtitles only. Everywhere else, including the Extra Content, it is spelled Dinah.
- Dinah's absence in Madness Returns implies that she might have died sometime after Alice was released from the asylum.
- In the Italian version of the game (and Disney's cartoon), Dinah's name is changed to "Oreste," and she is a male cat.