Is this cat going up or down a flight of stairs?

Optical illusions are multiplying on the Internet, and increasingly, we don’t know what to believe.

It began with “the Dress,” which was clearly blue and black. (Or was it white and gold?) But the latest magic trick for your eyeballs is even better suited to the viral Internet—because it involves a cat.

Look at this picture of a cat and see if you can figure out whether it is ascending or descending the stairs.

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Our initial reaction was definitely that the cat was going down the staircase. But the more we look at it, the more we can see it both ways.

In the interest of ending on a lighthearted and thoroughly uncomplicated note, here is a video of a different cat that is definitely going down a flight of stairs.

H/T Mirror | Photo via greyloch/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Dylan Love

Dylan Love

Dylan Love is an editorial consultant and journalist whose reporting interests include emergent technology, digital media, and Russian language and culture. He is a former staff writer for the Daily Dot, and his work has been published by Business Insider, International Business Times, Men's Journal, and the Next Web.