Now I have to admit I had missed this. I am still slightly confused as to why she is very cat-like...
I did like the assertion that clearly she is not a cat because "She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature."
The Japanese - surprising me yet again... :)
You would be forgiven for having thought for your entire life that Hello Kitty was a cat. After all, she does kind of look like one - and she is called Kitty. But her creators Sanrio are adamant. She is a British school kid called Kitty White and she lives just outside London (although no-one is saying exactly where).