cats and dogs


Definition of cats and dogs

: in great quantities : very hard it was raining cats and dogs

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The Humane Society also is helping cats and dogs in coastal Georgia evacuate with their humans. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Shelter dogs and cats in Dorian’s path come to Atlanta," 3 Sep. 2019 Some 250,000 British cats and dogs are taken to the EU on holiday by their owners every year. Natasha Livingstone, USA TODAY, "Traveling with pets in Europe: No-deal Brexit would make crossing borders much tougher," 28 Aug. 2019 Maryland’s law encourages animal welfare organizations to collaborate with retail pet stores to showcase cats and dogs for adoption or purchase from ‘‘local breeders,’’ according to a summary of the legislation prepared by state analysts., "At G7 conference, Trump scoffs at wind power’s future," 27 Aug. 2019 Some 250,000 British cats and dogs are taken to the EU on holiday by their owners every year. Washington Post, "Traveling with pets: No-deal Brexit would make it far harder," 27 Aug. 2019 Please be vigilant with cats and dogs until our temperatures cool down. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Outdoor cats suffering in the Texas heat need extra help," 23 Aug. 2019 Last year over 700,000 cats and dogs were euthanized in America's animal shelters — but Delaware is working to combat what animal advocates believe are unnecessary deaths. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Delaware becomes first no-kill state after saving over 90% of its shelter animals, according to nonprofit," 12 Aug. 2019 For discerning pet owners who treat their cats and dogs like family — in some cases better than family — designers are creating stylish, even glamorous, furniture. Jura Koncius, Twin Cities, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 28 July 2019 But DeSantis' dentistry analysis showed that similar to today's cats and dogs, the predators had different methods of going after their prey. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fossils in La Brea Tar Pits reveal why coyotes still exist, but not saber-toothed cats," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cats and dogs

1738, in the meaning defined above

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