house cat

noun

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Synonyms for house cat

Synonyms

cat, feline, kitty, moggy (also moggie) [British], puss, pussy, pussycat

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Examples of house cat in a Sentence

the house cat at the Cheshire Cat Bookstore has the dual responsibility of being mascot and mouser

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Photo: iStockphoto Bengal Cat A cross between the Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic house cat, Bengals were first bred between the late 19th and early 20th century by those who wanted a pet with an exotic look but a domesticated temperament. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Unusual Animal Hybrids," 21 Sep. 2010 Cheetah-cub’ with spring-loaded legs to mimic the gait of its namesake at a house cat’s size. David L. Hu, WSJ, "Robot Design Goes Back to Nature," 9 Nov. 2018 Built like a medium to large house cat, the Bengal has a coat that ranges from rust, brown or orange to sand or ivory, with spots varying in color from rust or cocoa to charcoal or black. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Unusual Animal Hybrids," 21 Sep. 2010 The house cat, Sir Godfrey, is popular among the many repeat gusts for his top notch customer service. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Boutique Hotels in London," 27 Feb. 2018 The only felid in Hawai`i are house cats, tame and feral, found in homes and yards and boat harbors and beach parks and deep in the backs of valleys and high on the summit of mountaintops and basically everywhere. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 An ornery house cat named Tiger is laid low by an enlarged bladder but keeps trying to live up to his name. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "For this vet, sometimes the owners are the most difficult patients: New book," 17 Apr. 2018 People in cities can’t seem to tell the difference between a possum and a house cat, for example. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America," 20 June 2018 Experts say house cats rough up small rodents like mice and rats to practice hunting and protect themselves from injury. National Geographic, "Leopard Plays With Prey’s Own Bones," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of house cat

1607, in the meaning defined above

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house cat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of house cat

: a cat that is kept as a pet

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