Ever heard of a moggie? You may see this term when you visit cat-related sites originating abroad. The term is widely used in the UK as an affectionate expression for a cat without a pedigree. Kind of cute, isn’t it? As with many terms and phrases, there’s a discrepancy as to where this one came from.
You have probably noticed my play on cat words in the titles of my Klepto Cat Mysteries. PAWtners instead of Partners; Purrfect instead of Perfect; MEOWvelous in place of Marvelous. And how did you like the latest title—The Amazing CATventure? Yes, I do take liberties—such as, Cabin FURvor, CATnapped, and PAWsitively…and I take license with well-known phrases, as well—Sleight of Paw, Cats in Cahoots, Mansion of Meows, and Claws for a Cause.
While pawing through the Internet this week, I found a couple of other terms I thought you’d get a kick out of: Ridezilla is a cat that howls on the way to the vet. Preoccupootion refers to the look of concentration on a cats face while she sits in the litter box.
Do you have any you’d like to share? I think all cat people come up with interesting terms and phrases from time to time.
And what about endearing terms for your cat (or the opposite)? Certainly, a cat who doesn’t follow the household rules and jumps up on the counter when you’re not looking, chews on your house plants, drags your undies out when you have company, digs in your guests’ purses, shreds paper money, etc., can inspire interesting names.
Lily has a kidney condition and she creates huge clumps in the litter box. I call her “Pee-body.” When she does something silly, I might refer to her as “Lily Noodle-Doodle.” Right now, she’s curled up in my lap—she’s my “Furry-Purry Girl.” What terms do you use with your cats?
We call Mouse and Tucker PURR-verts because they like to curl up in our dirty underwear in the laundry basket. They peek over the edge at us, close their eyes and purr at us.
Oh that’s a purr-fectly paw-some one.