Optical Illusion of Cat at Dining Table Is Baffling the Internet

Photographs can lie. Sometimes the lighting and composition confuse the viewer, altering the subject in such a way that it does not convey what is really going on.

This is known as an optical illusion— something that tricks the eyes into seeing something different to what has actually been captured.

And a recent photograph of a cat who looks as though he's been embroidered on a chair is just that.

In the snap, posted to Reddit by user Spacexcake, we can see a tray of pizza on a table, and behind it is a chair with a cream-colored material back.

A tabby cat is sitting on the chair, perfectly framed in the cloth and without shadows behind him, so he appears entirely two-dimensional; although stitched on for decoration.

The photo is made all the more amusing by the pet's intense glare.

Text overlaying the photograph, which was shared on September 6, reads: "Why does Rodney look embroidered onto the chair?"

The baffling snap has gone viral on the discussion-based site, garnering more than 17,100 upvotes.

More than 180 people also took to the comments section to share their thoughts on the humorous post.

One Reddit user, New-Reaction5944, shares their theory on why the image looks so flat, writing: "Multiple angles with very diffused lighting, maybe a type of chandelier could do it."

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One Redditer took a photograph of their cat which made him look like he was a two-dimensional embroidery. Spacexcake/Reddit

Another person, Thunder-bug, typed: "And he's centered and in a pose that looks like it would be embroidered."

MrHappy added: "Guy with a cat pillow wants internet to think he has a cat while he eats pizza alone."

OnceIwasAboy joked: "If a piece goes missing, don't blame Rodney, he was likely framed."

Unchosen_Heroes stated: "Rodney: Please feed me that whole pizza. I need it to regain the third dimension I've lost on my starvation diet of not being fed whenever I ask for food."

Dane-ish1 revealed: "My partner's reaction: "Oh my god, we need to get cat-embroidered chairs! I don't even know who Rodney is, but I'd happily have him embroidered on my chairs!"

CumingLinguist commented: "That's actually a 2d decoy Rodney printed out to distract you, he's sneaking up on the pizza from behind."

DoJax wrote: "It focused so hard on not being seen by the foot it was hunting that is blended into the background."

BunnyQatar admitted: "I'm smiling to myself imagining the adventures of a 2D cat named Rodney."

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A stock image of a cat looking shocked. All is not what it seems with a recent picture of a cat recently posted to Reddit. Getty Images