Hello Kitty is not a cat. She is a little girl. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY WORLD?? All this is according to Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist with the University of Hawaii who is curator of a Hello Kitty retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in October. She told this to the Los Angeles Times. Hello? Her name is Kitty. She has whiskers and pointy cat ears. Well, whatever she is or is not. I still love Hello Kitty.