has been looking at some cat-chy, cat-chphrases that are in common, and some not so common use



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Some of our cats looking for a new home

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.

Cats protection pic of Poppy

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.

Email: swanseacats@hotmail.co.uk

Website: www.cats.org.uk/swansea

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