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?

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This is known as a clowder.

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Or a clutter.


Or a glaring.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Written by Jennifer Cartledge

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Teresa Roland

How cute is that?!? ……and I didn’t even know that! (Thanks to you, now I do 🙂 ) Keep those wonderful blogs coming, my friend ~ <3 ~

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