Furry French-Canadian pet Atchoum may be Instagram-famous, but the debate over just what exactly this furry dude is runs along the same lines as the famous white-gold-blue-black dress. You see what you see, and no one can persuade you differently.
So look for yourself: is Atchoum a cat, or a dog?
Got your answer? Does this image change your mind?
Does this one feel more feline, or canter toward the canine?
Atchoum, as you may have figured out, is a cat -- a 2-year-old Persian who belongs to Nathalie, a pet groomer in Quebec. He has a rare condition called hypertricosis, also known as "werewolf syndrome," which accounts for his wild and crazy hair growth, thicker-than-normal claws, and perhaps the species confusion some feel upon looking at his photos.
While he's had a web presence since he was a kitten, the dog/cat confusion recently started up again thanks to this recent tweet.
"Atchoum arouses all kinds of good or bad reactions, funny and often people take him for a plush, so comparison with a dog is nothing new to us," his owner said of the latest furry flap. "As for the frenzy caused last weekend by the photo ... it was not a surprise, it wasn't the first time that it happened, except that this time it's quite a bit more intense."
The cat himself has a few points to make about his looks. "It's a good thing my mom is a groomer because my crazy long hairs on my face are thick like a dog," Atchoum "says" on his website. "She doesn't over-groom me, since she likes my mad scientist look!"
More than 63,000 people have liked Atchoum's Facebook fan page, which surprised his owner, who made a bet with her daughter that the page would never top 100 likes. Nathalie also posts photos of her pet on Instagram, along with his motto, "I'm hairy, not scary!"
A veterinarian monitors the animal's health, since the family reports he's the only cat known to have this condition, meaning there's no road map for Atchoum's health. Still, he's paw-sitive about his outlook. "Life is good," Atchoum "writes." "I feel good and I believe we need to enjoy every day."