I have two dogs and a cat.
the family's cat did an exemplary job of keeping the house and yard free of all rodents
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Pets can make a house a home, but stopping your cats from scratching the furniture isn’t always easy.—Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2023 Shelter staff were devastated on behalf of the person who had no choice but to surrender her beloved cats.—Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 22 Sep. 2023 This rare disorder causes seizures in some cats, including Annie.—Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 Anaphylaxis can happen within minutes of being exposed to an allergen, such as a peanut or cat dander.—Sara G. Miller, NBC News, 20 Sep. 2023 Prior to the attack, the company was trying to rebuild supply in areas including cat litter, which saw demand boom during the pandemic.—Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2023 Thin, sharp cat eyes were drawn on, too, but they were mostly covered by her extra long, wispy lashes that nearly touched her eyebrows.—Gabi Thorne, Allure, 11 Sep. 2023 On Sunday morning, large piles of rubble were dotted around the area, with stray cats scouring them for food.—Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 10 Sep. 2023 Your neighbor has lost what sounds like could have been a good and reliable cat sitter.—Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2023
Cat knew how to draw out the best in his son athletically and emotionally.—Joseph Goodman, AL.com, 17 June 2017 Cat Mountain Tr., 1400 block: Theft of property ($100-$750).—Mitch Mitchell, star-telegram.com, 16 June 2017 Cat prowled beneath the shelf, but had no way to reach my little fish.—Elisabeth Egan, chicagotribune.com, 10 June 2017 Q. How worried should cat owners be about the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, especially with babies in the house?—Karen Weintraub, New York Times, 8 June 2017 Go to Cat Tuong in Kastanienallee for wow-factor vegan/vegetarian Vietnamese dishes——Alexandra Pereira, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 May 2017 Today, the government is trying hard to eliminate cats from the landscape and is even involved in the invention of new cat poisons and gory things, which are upsetting to cat lovers.—Martin Mejia, National Geographic, 13 Nov. 2016 See More
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Middle English, from Old English catt, probably from Late Latin cattus, catta cat
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a