While on the subject of cats and ASCII Art, a post from a couple of years back:
submitted by prostheticknowledge:
Example of Russian ASCII film from 1968!
Soviet computer animation was made in 1968. A group of russian physicists and mathematicians with N.Konstantinov in the head of it created mathematic model of the cat and its moving and realized this model in the program for the computer “BESM-4”. Computer printed hundreds of frames on the paper using alphabet symbols and then they were converted to the cinefilm.
Советский мультфильм 1968 года, сделанный с использованием ЭВМ (БЭСМ-4). Подробнее на русском - http://www.etudes.ru/ru/mov/kittie/