Hello Kitty Is Not a Cat: She Is a "Personification of a Cat," Say Creators, Plus More Facts About the Cartoon

Entertainment Aug. 29, 2014 AT 11:30AM
Hello Kitty It was revealed this past week that Hello Kitty is not a cat; plus, additional facts to know about the London resident. Credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Children Mending Hearts

Baffled! It was revealed this past week that Hello Kitty, the popular cartoon character with whiskers and triangular-shaped ears, is not a cat.

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"Hello Kitty is not a cat," Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist and the author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific, told the L.A. Times on Wednesday, Aug. 27. "She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat."

Yano even dissected Hello Kitty's behavior. "She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."

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Yano said this bombshell revelation actually came directly from Hello Kitty's creators. "I was corrected — ery firmly," she recalled of the company's fix in her text for an exhibit. "That's one correction Sanrio [the company behind Hello Kitty] made for my script."

Hello Kitty fans around the world reacted to the news with shock.

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A spokesperson for Sanrio Tokyo responded to the news and explained what Hello Kitty really is — sort of. "Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat," the spokesman told gaming website Kotaku. "It's going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat."

Still confused like Us? Below is a primer of what fans should know about Hello Kitty, nee Kitty White.

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Hometown: London
Parents: Mary and George White
Sibling: Twin Sister Mimmy
Pets: Charmmy Kitty and Pet Hamster Sugar
Birthday: Nov. 1
Blood Type: A
Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5 apples
Weight: 3 apples
Favorite Color: Red

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