house cat


Definition of house cat

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Synonyms for house cat


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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Today’s house cat has retained that trait, even though most homes don’t have predators stalking our felines. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Why does Pleasanton cat keep changing her sleeping spots?," 24 July 2019 Until a few years ago, Bagel was a common house cat with a small circle of friends. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Meet Sunglass Cat, an Instagram star with an eye-opening message of acceptance," 11 June 2019 An opossum is the size of a house cat, is nocturnal and lives in the forest. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Appreciate the opossum!," 22 June 2019 Many creatures are crepuscular — most active at dusk and dawn — including some species of butterflies, bees, deer, rabbits, even house cats. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "That Word You Heard: Crepuscular," 12 June 2019 In fact, bobcats, house cats, wolves, and even some dogs have been mistaken as mountain lions. Fox News, "Possible mountain lion sighting in Minnesota yard prompts warning from officials: 'Stay aware, everyone!'," 14 June 2019 Blum says of Blumhouse’s humble headquarters in a building that once housed Cat Fancy magazine, across from Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "How Producer Jason Blum is Disrupting Hollywood," 16 July 2018 Another lackluster year for our ambivalent house cat, who seldom shows love or interest in us. Jason Gay, WSJ, "And Now, The Most Unmemorable Moments of 2018," 13 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of house cat

1607, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of house cat

: a cat that is kept as a pet

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