My question is about a book or short story about a creature called a PUTIE and his quest to old Earth ruins. He makes the discovery that his race evolved from the common house cat. "We're not putie, we're cat!" It reminded me a little of Planet of the Apes. I know, not too much to go on, but worth a shot.
I believe it was Putti. This is 'Breed to Come' by Andre Norton. Humans left Earth, and the rats and cats evolved into sentience. When the humans came back, they recognised the cats from the stuffed toys (Putti) that they took with them.