CAT – /kat/ noun: a small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractile claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed.
Who doesn’t know that? We also know them as felines, kittens and kitties. But what would you call this?
This is known as a clowder.
Or a clutter.
Or a glaring.
A group of kittens is called a kindle.
I used to think of myself as an ailurophile – one who loves cats. But I’m really a polyailurophile – one who loves MANY cats.
But there are those people known as ailurophobes or felinophobes – those who fear or dislike cats. I wonder what the word for “the dislike of people who dislike cats” would be. Because I’m definitely one of those. How a-pawling!
Each one of these guys is a gib – a neutered male. An unneutered cat is called a tom. A female cat is known as a molly.
Then there are cat words like:
caterwauling – making harsh noises or cries;
catcalls – the booing of bad acting;
catnaps – short periods of sleep;
cat’s pajamas – something considered to be outstanding;
catwalk – a narrow walkway; copycat – someone who imitates another;
fatcat – a wealthy and privileged person;
catgut – what tennis rackets and violin strings are made of;
hellcat, glamour puss, sourpuss – and so many more!
. . . which have absolutely nothing to do with cats at all.
Although this is no great piece of litter-ature, I purr-sonally find all these cat-related words hiss-terical. Purr-haps some people think that 4 is too many, but I consider myself furr-tunate to have this purr-fectly paw-some group of lovebugs who mean the world to me. <3