That is for you to find out!
Take a close look at the picture once again. While you figure out if the sweet yet brain-bogging cat is going up or down, also note down what was your first interpretation.
Little Hint: Apart from focusing just on the cat, also pay close attention to other parts of the image. Some small details here and there may help you to logic-your-way-out through the puzzling and popular optical illusion.
Here are some of the most interesting observations shared by netizens on Twitter, along with some of the most humorous and quirky reactions.
“The giveaway is the left paw. If she is walking then that paw is resting on a stair. Since the left paw occludes the stairs, she is ascending,” noted a Twitter user.
“It appears to be down stairs because of steps lips……I suggest that the question should be where is the cameraman was located….upstairs or downstairs,” wrote one.
“It’s Schrodinger’s cat, walking both up and down the stairs,” joked another.
“Down. The lip on the edge of the step would make it dangerous if you were walking down them (trip hazard),” noticed one more user.
“Up, unless the top of those stairs is just a wall,” a social media user added.
So what’s the reality?
There may or may not be a real answer to this optical illusion, with the internet flooded with multiple viewpoints and arguments. Some expert psychologists even suggested that what you see is more important than the reality, as it can tell a lot about your personality.
Those who see the cat going up are believed to have a more optimistic view of life, according to the Minds Journal. On the other hand, those who see the cat going down could be more cynical and pessimistic.
But if you really want to settle, cat going down seems to remain the most solid argument, with the nose of the stair treads sticking out above the riser and the shadows under the overhanging nose below the cat.