Christine R. Yano, a curator of a Hello Kitty Museum in Los Angeles was in the process of setting out a script for a Hello Kitty show when Sanrio (owner of the character) corrected her by stating that:
“She is not a cat. 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.”
The only thing Sanrio.com states about character’s species or origins is that she was born to “inspire happiness, friendship, and sharing across the world.”
According to Yano these are some of the character’s background facts:
- She’s British
- She has a twin sister, and they are both in third-grader forever
- Her actual name is Kitty White
But it gets even more confusing. “It’s going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat,” a Sanrio spokesperson said in a statement. “She is a personification of a cat.” Basically, Hello Kitty is not not a cat, but Hello Kitty still isn’t a cat either.
So we are back at square one and all we know is that Hello Kitty isn’t a cat but isn’t not a cat either. Maybe not knowing exactly what she is, is part of the appeal because it allows you to turn her into whatever you want her to be.