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Cat idioms

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I love cats! I just adore them and find them so cute! The thing is, that cat lovers can’t understand people that view these animals as selfish and egoistic beings that only turn to humans when they’re hungry or in need. Nothing could possibly be futher from the truth! Cats just happen to be independent and quite autonomous, they also perceive their relationships with humans on equal terms; where dogs usually select a leader, which happens to be the pet owner. The differences found in the relationship between dog pet owners and cat pet owners basically boils down to how these animals used to hunt in remote times. Dogs, or rather wolves, always hunted in packs, thus they had a leader that commanded the group makingthe most important decisions. Cats, on the other hand, have never had the need to hunt in this way so, they literally don’t choose humans as their leaders as they probably view us more capable of frightening away the prey!

In Britain cats have always formed an important part of the culture of the isles, be this having a bad name (like during the Dark Ages and Renaissance) where they were associated to witches, or be it enjoying the advantages of being the most popular pet, so there are quite a few idioms and phrases that use the word cat or kitten. Here you have a quiz to see just how many of these idioms you know. I hope you enjoy it!

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