cats and dogs

adverb

Definition of cats and dogs 

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

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According to China Securities, a Beijing brokerage, pet spending in China has surged more than eightfold since 2010, to about $25 billion a year, mostly on cats and dogs. Ailin Tang, The Seattle Times, "The trade war’s latest casualties: China’s coddled cats and dogs," 23 Oct. 2018 Now, Southwest Airlines is following suit, announcing that emotional support animals are restricted to cats and dogs, exclusively. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Southwest Airlines Limits Emotional Support Animals to Cats and Dogs," 16 Aug. 2018 For those of us who adore furry creatures but don't have the ability to house them ourselves, cat and dog cafes provide fun destinations to get our fill of cuddles. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "French Bulldog Cafe Pops Up in London," 9 Aug. 2018 New pet shops can’t sell dogs and cats, but businesses operating before the new rules became law in October 2016 can only sell cats and dogs obtained from breeders licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provides some oversight. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "American Kennel Club cites 'grave concerns' with Orange County proposal to ban sale of animals bred in 'puppy mills'," 5 June 2018 On the opposite end of the spectrum, cat and dog friendliness were among the most common amenities. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "What do Philly renters want most? Private laundry, air conditioning, parking," 9 July 2018 Nestlé is in talks to acquire a majority stake in the closely held maker of specialty cat and dog food, whose owners include Toronto buyout firm Bedford Capital. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Nestlé in Talks to Buy Pet-Food Maker for $2 Billion," 2 July 2018 Note: not all products are safe for cats and dogs so read the labels carefully. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "SW Idaho cat infected in problem area known for previous plague cases," 26 June 2018 Paint won’t be bright white, as some manmade white materials may appear fluorescent to cats and dogs, Venator said. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "This Domestic-Violence Shelter Will Be Custom-Built So Women Can Bring Their Pets," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of cats and dogs

1738, in the meaning defined above

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