YMMV / CatDog

  • 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 good.
  • Base Breaker:
    • 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 just as bad as the people who abuse them.
  • 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!
  • Fridge Brilliance: The third line of the theme song nearly 100% references their adoptive parents.
  • Fridge Horror: How does CatDog go to the bathroom?
    • Some episodes imply there's an anus in the center of their body. Which is still quite unsettling, though considerably less so.
    • Fridge Brilliance: That's roughly where their respective hindquarters would be if they were a regular cat and dog, so it makes sense.
    • Cat has nine lives. Dog only has one. What will happen when Dog dies? Will Cat have to drag his brother's dead body around for the rest of his eight lives?
      • Really, unless they die at the same time one of them is going to be dragging his dead brother. Or, more likely given..er..potential consequences, the body might be surgically removed.
  • 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.
    • The Woobie: Both Cat and Dog are this in The Great Parent Mystery. Dog is confident that they will find their long lost parents, but when those attempts are futile, you just HAVE to feel bad for him. Cat as well, to an extent, as he has lost all hope in ever finding them.
  • Love It or Hate It: Either this show was a good show that never got its due or a crummy show that signaled the beginning of the end for great Nickelodeon programming. A lot of articles about 1990s nostalgia firmly place this show as the former (usually by pointing out that Spongebob and The Fairly Oddparents are worse than this show), but online reviews seen on IMDb and jumptheshark.com have nothing good to say about this show.
  • 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.
  • 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 Breaker, 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 Plot: The Great Parent Mystery. It had a lot of build up 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.
  • 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.
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