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when green flag clicked :: cat
An example of a cat block
A blinking cat block
A cat block when hovered over

A cat block is a type of block added temporarily on March 31 every year since 2020, for April Fools' Day, and removed on April 2 of the year. Cat blocks function exactly the same as hat blocks and used the same block palette; however, cat blocks contain a face and cat ears at the base. Hovering the mouse over a cat block causes the cat block to blink, and hovering over one of the ears causes it to twitch.

Shape

The shape of a cat block is very similar to that of a hat block; however, cat blocks are modified to resemble a cat with cat ears on the base. All hat blocks were replaced with cat blocks on April 1st in 2020 and 2021, including hat blocks not in Events. For example:

  • when green flag clicked becomes when green flag clicked :: cat
  • when I start as a clone becomes when I start as a clone :: cat
  • when ( v) pressed in order :: makeymakey hat became when ( v) pressed in order :: makeymakey cat

Culture

The invalid block as a cat block. Images of it were once common in forum signatures.

Although cat blocks were only added for April Fools' Day, many users have referenced them in Scratch culture.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Some users have asked the Scratch Team to re-add cat blocks permanently.[7][8][9][10][11][12] However, the Scratch Team officially stated on March 31st that they would not be permanent:

Hi folks! I'm super excited you all are so excited about the cat blocks (we love them too!). This is just for April Fool's Day[sic], so they will not be permanent. Just a fun thing for a few days ^.^ Enjoy them and Scratch On!

– ceebee[13]

Cat blocks have also been added to the block plugin[14] for the Scratch Wiki. They can be used with ::cat.

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