Hello Kitty is NOT a cat!?

It’s a personal goal of mine to be less judgmental, but in times like these it’s difficult! So I’m reading an article that says that San Rio has clarified that Hello Kitty is NOT a cat.

“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.


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