The cat has infiltrated our language more than we realise. Here are some examples:
Bell the cat: To undertake to do something dangerous.
Cat around (slang): To seek aimlessly for amusement.
Let the cat out of the bag: To tell a secret.
Play cat and mouse with: To play with, tease, or keep in suspense in an unkind way.
Put (or set) the cat among the pigeons: To pit enemies against each other. Set the stage for an inevitable fight.
To rain cats and dogs: To pour down hard.
The cat’s pyjamas (or whiskers): Something considered outstanding.
Turn cat in the pan: To change one’s views or position, or change sides for personal advantage.
Which way (or how) the cat jumps: What direction events are taking.
A cat in gloves catches no mice: Not getting what you want by being careful and polite.
Cat’s miaow: Top of the range.
Like herding cats: Futile.
She’s a cool cat: She is unflappable.
Sitting in a cat bird seat: A person is in a favoured position or being in an advantageous position.
Fat cat: A person high up in the business world with a lot of money.
A cat can look at a king: No one is so important that an ordinary person cannot look at him or her. Everyone can be curious about important people.
Do it in a cat’s paw: Do something in a way that no one knows it is you doing it.
Look what the cat dragged in: A humorously derogatory comment on someone’s arrival.
Curiosity killed the cat: Warning about being curious.
A cat has nine lives: Cats can survive things that are severe enough to kill them.
All cats are grey in the dark: In the dark, appearances are meaningless.
Nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs: Nervous.
Like a cat on a hot tin roof: Agitated.
Cat got your tongue: Speechless.
Keep no more cats than will catch mice: Do not support anyone who does not or cannot do something useful for you in return.
When the cat’s away, the mice will play: Without supervision, people misbehave.
Look like the cat who swallowed the canary: To look proud of oneself.
Enough to make a cat laugh: Extremely amusing.
Not a cat in hell’s chance: No chance whatsoever.
Saturday August 6th – we have a stall at the Dog Show being held at the Purple Badger, Llanrhidian Holiday Park.
Sunday August 7th – we have a stall at the Gower Show, Penrice.
See our facebook page for more details in August.
This is Poppy (above), she was living in a flat and was unhappy, her owner decided to re-home her as she was trying to jump out of a 4th floor window. She is approx. 8 years old. If you think you could give Poppy, Lulu, George, kittens or other cats a safe home, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact us by one of the following methods.
Helpline: 0345 260 2101 Please note our helpline number has changed.