cats and dogs


Definition of cats and dogs 

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

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, cat and dog friendliness were among the most common amenities. Shannon Rooney,, "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 Laura’s big thing, for example, is collecting stray cats and dogs. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "The cast outshines the material in road trip movie ‘Boundaries’," 22 June 2018 Last year, the Bradshaw shelter took in 647 stray cats and dogs during the first two weeks of July, 124 more than during the same period in June, said spokeswoman Janna Haynes. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Free pet microchips available in Sacramento County before Fourth of July," 19 June 2018 Rabbits, cats and dogs will be taken to the SPCA's primary location at 900 Portway Drive in Houston. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "SPCA seizes 73 livestock and pets from Cypress-area home," 13 June 2018 Beau is a handsome 5-month-old golden saluki who is great with cats and dogs. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "These Southland pets need new homes," 12 June 2018

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1738, in the meaning defined above

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