The recent revelation that Hello Kitty is actually a little girl, and not a cat, will not affect any of the feline-looking female’s potential 2016 presidential plans.

The Los Angeles Times made the shocking disclosure this week in a story about an upcoming Hello Kitty museum exhibit. The museum’s curator says the company behind Hello Kitty, Sanrio, told her, “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat.”

But Sanrio now tells ITK exclusively that the unnerving news will not come into play if Hello Kitty decides to dip her paw — er, toes — into the next White House race. In a special campaign launched by Sanrio, Hello Kitty ran for president back in 2012, representing the Friendship Party, and even held a campaign launch party in Washington.

When ITK asked if Hello Kitty intended to put her name in the hat of potential 2016 candidates, Dave Marchi, Sanrio’s senior director of brand management and marketing, told us in an email, “Too early to confirm. She’s been too busy making plans for her 40th anniversary!” (Hello Kitty made her debut in 1974 on a coin purse, per Sanrio’s website.)

ITK pressed Hello Kitty’s reps for more information, asking if the girl-not-a-feline shocker will affect any White House bid. “It will not — as friendship, happiness and fun is universal,” we were told.