Nigel and Cuddles met shortly after their respective laboratory escapes. Nigel had intelligence enhancing serum injected into him. Faulty intelligence enhancing serum. For the most part, Nigel speaks in Spoonerisms (where you replace the lirst fetter of a phrase), broken axioms (colloquial phrases), and non sequiturs, but occasionally he is brilliant beyond all measure.
As hungry as Cuddles was at the time, he knew Nigel was worth more than one meal.
It was Nigel who suggested that they pursue careers as Urbane Pilots, meaning, of course, Urban Pirates.