Gideon was originally a stray that found its way into Ramona's life, but then became Scott's when she disappeared. Gideon runs off at the end of Book 5, but returns months later to Scott in Book 6 when he's in his new apartment and trying to get his life back together. Scott accepts the cat's return since it's the only thing he has that connects him to Ramona while she is gone. The night the cat returns is the first night Scott sleeps soundly since Ramona's abrupt disappearance. (He had been haunted by nightmares of Ramona, Gideon, and other aspects of his girl troubles since her disappearance.)
During Scott's final battle against Gideon Graves, when Gideon reveals that he's been spying on him and Ramona for a long time, Scott thinks Gideon is talking about the cat. Gideon is confused and says he was not the cat. When Scott asks why the cat was named "Gideon", Gideon becomes even more confused and asks Ramona why she named her cat after him. Ramona defensively states that she has her own way of dealing with things.
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- The cat could be a reference to Brian Lee O'Malley's previous work Lost at Sea where the main character has her soul stolen by a cat.
- The cat may also be a reference to the 1940 Disney movie Pinocchio, which featured an anthropomorphic cat named Gideon.