I recently reread the novel 2010 Odyssey Two by Arthur C Clarke for the first time since my teens (20 plus years if you are interested) and noticed this passage
"Max" he said, in a tone of deadly seriousness, "whatever happens - please don't go chasing off after the ship's cat".
For a few milliseconds, Brailovsky was thrown off guard; he almost answered: "I do wish you hadn't said that Walter" but checked himself in time. That would have been too damning an admission to weakness; instead he replied "I'd like to meet the idiot who put that movie in our library".
"Katerina probably did it, to test everyone's psychological balance. Anyway, you laughed your head off when we screened it last week".
Brailovsky was silent; Curnow's remark was perfectly true. But that had been back in the familiar warmth and light of Leonov, among friends - not in a pitch-black freezing derelict, haunted by ghosts. No matter how rational one was, it was all too easy to imagine some implacable alien beast prowling these corridors, seeking whom it might devour.
The mention of a derelict, dark corridors, searching for a cat and of course an implacable alien all point fairly directly to this being about Ridley Scott's Alien. The book was published in 1982, long after the film had wormed its way into public consciousness so again it seems likely, but I am curious if Clarke ever commented on this and confirmed this was his reference. There cannot be too many other films that would fit this description.