“She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat.”
None of that description justifies how she’s not a cat. Minnie Mouse is a cartoon character, she’s a girl, and a friend, but she’s still a mouse.
“She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature.”
Again, that doesn’t mean she’s not a cat. That’s called anthropomorphism. It’s when an animal or thing is made to seem human. Again, Minnie Mouse isn’t on all fours and she’s a mouse. A monkey stands on two legs while still being a monkey.
“She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”
Yeah, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a cat. Mickey Mouse has a pet dog named Pluto, yet he’s friends with a character named Goofy, who is a dog that is standing on two feet and talks. If only that argument worked. It just means there are humanoid cats and animal cats in the San Rio world.
I also read that Hello Kitty’s real name is Kitty White. Even if Walt Disney had named Minnie Mouse, Minnie Black, she’d still be a mouse! Now, if you can give me a better reason as to why she’s not a cat, I might concede. Maybe she’s part of a cat-like race called Purleens in an alternate universe. Okay great, she’s not a “cat” she’s a Purleen which is cat-like. Great. She’s a little girl in a costume. Okay, she’s not a cat. However, the impression that I am getting is that she’s an anthro cat and they just don’t want to admit it. I know she’s your creation, but until you give me a better explanation, Hello Kitty is cat to me.