YMMV / CatDog

  • Accidental Innuendo: "Work Force," with the ones that stuff prizes into the cereal boxes are "prize stuffers" and those that lick the boxes closed are "box lickers." Think about it.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song, which is often considered the best part of the show. Even people who hate the show agree that it's pretty good.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Is Shriek a good love interest or just another one of The Bullies on the show who doesn't deserve CatDog as her love interest?
    • Dog. To some, he's a Nice Guy who cares about Cat; to others, he's an inconsiderate Idiot Houdini just as bad as the people who abuse them.
      • On the flipside, Cat himself also qualifies. His bossy attitude and manipulative streak have some fans feeling sorry for Dog as well.
    • Lola has her fans, but apparently to some she's a Replacement Scrappy (see below).
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In "The Island" Cat and Dog get sucked into a street sweeper. We are then given a colorless dark void that Cat refers to as "the eye of the sweeper" where CatDog and much of the garbage that was sucked up is spinning around in a circle. In the next scene they are somehow shown to be back on the island again.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The entire "Safety Sammy" video.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Due to being a Sadist Show, this is likely on purpose.
  • Designated Villain: Cat, when he's not being unspeakably cruel. Multiple times is treated as cruel for trying to make Dog behave or just give him a moment doing what he wants. In most cases, Dog acts like a hypocrite and sulks about Cat being inconsiderate until he gets things his way, and continues ignoring Cat's well being entirely. In all cases, the Idiot Houdini trumps pushy social climber.
    • Rancid Rabbit can border as such. In some cases he's just a corrupt authority figure, in others he is merely punishing the two for genuine misbehavior. In "All You Can't Eat" he bans Dog from his restaurant for taking liberties last time he came. His only truly unscrupulous act was waiting till after they'd already paid to throw them out (and even that could be considered a small back payment for all the damage they caused).
  • Ear Worm: Cat-Dog, Cat-Dog! Alone in the world is a little Cat-Dog!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Guess Who's Going to Be Dinner!", Cat says of the blue-furred Winslow, "I could make a rodent Ratatouille."
    • "I predict that the trees will speak Japanese." Years later, Sudowoodo was introduced.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Cat, though sometimes he's just The Woobie.
    • Eddie The Squirrel. As obnoxious as he is, he's constantly being treated like garbage by the Greasers. It's especially evident in episodes like Shreik On Ice where he's actually driven to tears over the Greasers' rejection of him. In another episode, he snaps and becomes a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Cliff's biggest Kick the CatDog moment has to be in The Great Parent Mystery when he mocked them for not having parents.
  • Memetic Mutation: Fans asking "How does CatDog go to the bathroom?"
  • Nausea Fuel: It's a Grossout Show. Expect quite a bit.
  • Never Live It Down: No, seriously, how does CatDog go to the bathroom??
  • The Scrappy: Winslow and Rancid Rabbit appear to be this, since they almost always ruin CatDog's day - in Winslow's case, mostly because he's a complete bully. For Rancid, his recurring appearance and mean attitude is seen as annoying.
    • Cliff of the Greasers, as well. Shriek is more of a Base-Breaking Character, as she has a few good moments with Dog, and Lube averts this, due to having a few episodes in which he is not an antagonist (and a lot of other instances of being too stupid and ineffectual to be malicious otherwise). Cliff, however, is just a bully (though to compensate, he arguably has the most frequent moments as The Chew Toy).
    • Eddie the Squirrel. His grating personality and unbelievable arrogance makes him very hard to like. Definitely intentional, since the Greasers sometimes don't like him.
    • Replacement Scrappy: Lola came along a lot later in the series and many original fans found her not the best fit. She was very over the top in her first episode Sweet and Lola. It also appeared to original fans that she was replacing Winslow, given often when she was in an episode with CatDog, Winslow was not.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This can be said of the Ingrid Twins, who seemed to be set up as love interests to the titular characters with similar implied sibling dynamic. Their appearances are scarce, however, where you can count their total appearances on one hand.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "The Great Parent Mystery". It had a lot of buildup to it and generated some interest into the identity of CatDog's parents. Only, it turns out that the big reveal was that we get to see CatDog's adoptive parents. One could imagine a few people being annoyed by this.
  • What an Idiot: Even after Dog tells Cat that he's allergic to shellfish in "Seeing Eye Dog", Cat insists that Dog eats a lobster, even shoving it down his throat. This of course, causes Dog to suffer an allergic reaction that makes his eyes so swollen that he can't see. Not exactly the smartest thing Cat has done.
  • The Woobie:
    • Dog . While most of the time, he's a cheerful and happy go lucky sort of guy, whenever he gets hit with Break the Cutie, he gets hit. Hard. He's been laughed at by the entire town of Nearberg for being a failure hero (Dog The Mighty), worked to the point of hypothermia in a sled dog race (Mush Dog Mush), almost sold off as a freak show attraction by his own brother after contacting a disease (Dog's Strange Condition), bullied by mailmen while in a depressed state (Fistful Of Mail), driven to the brink of paranoia (Safety Dog), spent an entire episode thinking he was allergic to his own brother (Sneezy Dog) and has been cheated and lied to several times by his own brother. He also came dangerously close to crossing the Despair Event Horizon in the Great Parents Mystery special. Basically, any time Dog looks emotionally hurt or starts shedding tears, it's enough to just want to reach into your screen and cuddle the poor pooch to make him his happy self again. Someone, please give poor Dog a hug!
    • Cat can never catch a break. Even though he deserves a lot of it because of how mean spirited he can be, some of the abuse he takes goes too far.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The final episode finally introduced us to the pair's parents. Their father is a frog with a human nose... played by Billy Bob Thornton.

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