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The Scratch Cat is the mascot of Scratch and the default sprite when opening a new Scratch project. This can't be changed. It is also the outline for the default icon of new Scratch accounts, replacing a previous version that showed a human silhouette. The Scratch Cat is a trademark of MIT and was drawn by Wing Ngan. According to Scratch Team member ceebee, the Scratch Cat is nonbinary, meaning that the cat does not identify as strictly male or female in terms of gender. However, many users, even some Scratch Team members, use male pronouns for Scratch Cat, especially he/him.
There are many varieties of the Scratch Cat's look. Some are below:
The default User Icon
Concept art shown in video update 5
Scratch Cat Jr in ScratchJr
Scratch Cat in Super Scratch Programming Adventure
Scratch Cat's flying sprite that was made for the "Make it Fly" collaboration event.
The other costume for Scratch Cat's flying sprite.
The Scratch Cat wearing a backpack.
The Scratch Cat wearing a space suit.
The Scratch Cat with a flag.
The default icon for a studio.
Use in Projects
In 2011, over 35,000 projects had used the Scratch Cat in its most well-known form (the costume named 'cat1-a' in projects created in Scratch 2.0, 'Cat' in projects created in Scratch 3.0 or 'Sprite1' if it the sprite was used since the project was created), making it the second most used image in Scratch from Scratch 1.3 upwards. The high usage of the image is most probably because it is the default starter sprite when creating a new project, or the fact that the Scratch Cat serves as the symbol of Scratch.
The image is often used as a narrator for a project (particularly tutorial projects), as it is such a well-known image. It is also frequently used as an interviewer in talk-show-style projects. As well as these, it also serves many other uses.
Remakes of Scratch Cat
Scratch Cat also serves as an individual species and can be remade. Some remakes have recolored the cat and added some unique details while others are basically characters as the "Scratch Cat". Scratch Cat has been remade into "original characters" and characters from the media, similar to the fact that Nintendo characters Kirby, Yoshi, and Toad have their own species that look similar to them.
When a user attempts to view a project that has been removed by the Scratch Team, the user will see an animation of the Scratch Cat explaining that the project is not suitable for all members of the Scratch Community and has thus been removed. However, this has been replaced with a simple "This project has been removed" page, with no animation at all.
A thumbnail of a still from the animation is used for projects deleted in 1.4.
_meow_ Scratch Cat Image
In a comment, if a user types
_meow_ with no characters directly before or after without a space, it will turn into when posted. This image became popular in September 2011.
Since being discovered, it has been spammed a lot on people's projects. Some Scratchers use them for awarding someone if they did a great job or worked really hard but some just write "_meow_" over and over again. This can make it hard to read comments along with other things. This bothers some people, and is frowned upon.
Can't Connect to Server
Originally, when a page that did not exist was attempted to be accessed on the Scratch Website, a gray picture of the Scratch Cat appeared, and the screen displayed "404. Oh noes! Our server is Scratch'ing its head!". This has since been replaced by an image of Giga. This image is still used in the 403 Error when a one tried to access a restricted page. The modified image with the gray Scratch Cat smiling is still used on reported projects.
On April Fools' Day 2012, the Scratch Team spread the rumor that Scratch 2.0 would be renamed to Neigh and the Scratch Cat would be replaced by the Neigh Pony. The Neigh Pony bears several resemblances to Scratch Cat, including the presence of whiskers and the white and orange Scratch colors. This form is supposed to be a parody of the characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Scratch Cat Jr
- Main article: ScratchJr#Scratch Cat Jr
In a 2016 preview of Scratch 3.0, a less anthropomorphic form of Scratch Cat was used, which was nicknamed "Cosmicat". This form of Scratch Cat was not used in later versions, with its original form being used in favor.
- Scratch 1.4 Reference Guide > Scratch Interface > New Sprites
- andresmh. (30/11/2009). "Thanks to Yickpoo for creating the new default avatar" ar-topic:26628
- Scratch 1.4 License
- http://blog.scratch.mit.edu/2011/02/top-10-images-in-scratch.html[dead link]
- cpumaster930. (13/9/2011). "it's getting annoying." ar-topic:74666
- http://blog.scratch.mit.edu/2012/04/scratch-20-update-new-name-new-mascot.html[dead link]