The Cat’s first line raised some red flags, but turned out to be mostly litteral and not the takeoff point for a racial-politics discussion.

Then the CIDU to be explained is the reaction to triangles. Is he warning the Girl, because of the triangles in her collar? and the sort-of triangles her upswept hair strands make. Or his own ears? What’s the point?

For those interested in the actual question “Can cats see color?” [or “colour”], here is a search response, from a longer answer at a U.K Purina site :

Can cats see colour?

Yes, cats can see colours! Although they can’t appreciate the full spectrum and the vast variety of shades that we humans can, their world isn’t solely black and white like many previously believed.


  1. I liked the headline spelling, but I’m not so sure about the “litteral” right below the comic, especially since there is only one Cat to be seen.

  2. I think it is a racial discussion. Cat makes the standard statement people use to indicate they aren’t racist, but then turns out to be prejudiced based on shape, not color.

  3. Yeah, I had to read it twice but I agree with Philip. Cat is a blatant Shapeist.

    What I want to know is if the color dithering artifacts in the backgrounds are intentional. At first I thought the “shapes” being seen were those, since they interfered with my perception of color.

  4. I don’t see any of the “dithering” artefacts mentioned by Powers, but now I’m wondering whether Cat is suffering from synesthesia, thereby associating shapes with colors or other attributes.

    P.S. The detail that I find most confusing is the “mitten”-like appearance of the popsicle in the final panel. That doesn’t make physical sense (neither via eating nor melting), and it doesn’t match the dialog, either.

  5. @ Andréa – I would accept the shape if it had been drawn that way from the beginning, but not as a sudden modification between the third & fourth panels.

  6. @Kilby – I don’t want to come across as some kind of spelling enforcer, but when I saw ‘litterly’ I was expecting some kind of litter/literally pun.

    Did I miss something, or am I therefore a spelling enforcer?

  7. @ Mike P – “…when I saw ‘litterly’ I was expecting some kind of litter/literally pun…

    Me too, but I think the headline and the presence of a cat was the extent of it. I thought the repetition below the comic was too much.

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