Translation:It is a cat.
the kanji for cat 猫 is correct for other solutions but for this one it only allows ねこ。Please fix duo staff...
The kanji looks like some sort of animal standing besides a cage for transporting cats.
There's a wonderful Japanese satire called "I am a cat" but it's "wagahai wa neko de aru" (more proper to make the cat sound presumptuous :P)
Yes, in Kanji 吾輩は猫である :) and it's written by a very famous novelist, Natsume Sōseki, 夏目漱石（なつめ そうせき）.
If you want to say you are something, than you often just say: (word) desu. Cause everyone knows what you mean, but if you want to say something specific or unusual senteces like: I am a cat. You would say: Watashi wa neko desu / 私は猫です. So everyone knows that you want to tell that YOU are the cat.
Depends on the context. For this translation, it generally means [subject] is a cat. If you were talking about yourself previously, it could mean "I am a cat" but that would come from context clues.
I know that it means "It is a cat", but since 田中です means "I am Tanaka", I tried to answer "I am a cat". And it was correct! Hahaha... hilarious.
Some other people have said this, but it doesn't accept the kanji forねこ（猫）when writing ねこです（猫です）。 Is there any way to ask for this answer to be accepted?
The exact same way. Japanese doesn't make much fuss about whether you are referring to one thing or many things.
Wait... so how would I differentiate between "it's a cat" and "i'm a cat"? :/
context, sorry if this is too late. normally it would be it is a cat but you could say 私/僕は猫です (im a cat) and 猫がいます(its a cat) to be super clear. ALSO from what ive heard cat in japanese is slang for a gay man used the same way as twink so careful how you use it omg.
Is it too much to ask that Duolingo recognize the kanji for cat (or any other word they are teaching us)? Sometimes it accepts 猫です and sometimes it marks it wrong, saying the correct answer is ねこです.
There is also no option for "my answer should be accepted" under the report button, which is why I'm commenting here instead.
子猫 (koneko) is kitten or small cat!! Adding 子 (ko) to most nouns turns that into the small version of the noun. ✧/ᐠ-ꞈ-ᐟ\
There must be a bug cus I wrote "It is a cat" and it marked it wrong and said the correct way is "It's a cat" I could be wrong though anyone want to clarify this for me? Thanks!
Also it said I have to have an ' to make it work between the t and the s however the pad version doesn't care
Answering " ねこです " will say I am wrong, force me to use " 。 " at the end of the sentence to get it accepted. Fix it please.
No, "neko" is "a cat" (or "cats", "the cats" etc). "Neko desu" is a complete sentence
Saying "ねこ” is also a perfectly acceptable complete sentence! In Japanese, the state of being is implied in the noun. Adding "です” just makes the sentence more polite.
Check out Tae Kim's wonderful explanation of implied state of being here: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/complete/stateofbeing