It is generally accepted that 'the cat' is provisionally immortal. Nine lives is alot of time to learn how to stay alive, and as an evolution of an alchemy, 'the cat' has plenty of time to make sure that his final life lasts forever.
Most numerologists are aware that by adding 9, a base number is regurgitated. Eg.: 147 is numerology base 12 base 3. 147+9=156. 156 is base 12/3. No matter the number, if Nine is added, the result is the same. In a very critical sense 9 serves the same properties as 0.
A switch to Twilight Language: The German word for No is Nein (sounds like Nine).
The overlay of Twilight and Numerology provides that 'the cat' has No lives and is therefore immortal, or more properly trans-infinite.
The dog is correct because 'the dog chases the cat'. 'The Fool' is the Tiger!' The Cat with 9 (0) lives. And an immortal hand or eye does frame his fearful symmetry.
Kevin/Indra: Awsome stuff AM, loving your work here lately! This rung a quick bell for me as Im thinkin alot about "Where the Wild things are" coming out this month. THe Wolf/Flow King boy stands next to his fuzzy STRIPED* Astral Psychopomp guide. Ive seen folks connecting the Tiger to 2010 the Year we Make Contact/Birth and stripes to Spirit. The Fool is Card of Birth and begginnings, and also resides as the first path of emanation in the Spiritual Yetzirahtic Triad of the Crown* on the tree of life.