This seems totally nonsensical to me. We know she's not a real cat. But she's very obviously a cat. An anthropomorphized cartoon cat, yes, but we understand that to mean she is a cat. In the same way that Goofy is a dog, and Mickey is a mouse. They walk on two legs but the fact that Mickey has a pet dog Pluto who walks on four legs doesn't change the fact that Mickey is a mouse. Show me a little girl with triangular ears on top of her head, white fur, and whiskers.
The look of shock on her face left me standing there with my mouth open, palms turned upward, shaking my head as if to say, "That's now how it was supposed to go." LOL!