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25 More Cat Idioms and Funny Cat Videos

Updated on January 16, 2015

There are many things that make the English language interesting and hard to learn. Idioms could be described as one of those things. Just when you think you have it figured out, someone springs one of these on you and you are totally lost. What happened?

Whether it be a single word, a couple words, a phrase or a sentence, an idiom means something entirely different than the actual meanings of each of the word or words that make up the idiom. Take for instance the idiom, "kick the bucket". This phrase has nothing to do with kicking or a bucket, but instead indicates that someone has died.

Let's look at another one - "keep your pants on". Again, this phrase has nothing to do with undressing. Instead, it has to do with having patience.

So an idiom is a form of speech, or a phrase or expression, that means something entirely different than the actual meanings of the words of which it is comprised. The meaning of an idiom is not predictable. Idioms can be related to a single dialect or to a whole country or people.

Catcalls | Source
Pussyfooting Around
Pussyfooting Around | Source
Playing Cat and Mouse
Playing Cat and Mouse | Source
Sourpuss | Source
Let Sleeping Cats Lie
Let Sleeping Cats Lie | Source
Glamour Puss
Glamour Puss | Source
Weak as a Kitten
Weak as a Kitten | Source
Let's See Which Way the Cat Jumps
Let's See Which Way the Cat Jumps | Source
Looking Like a Cat that Swallowed a Canary
Looking Like a Cat that Swallowed a Canary | Source
Scaredy-Cat or Fraidy Cat
Scaredy-Cat or Fraidy Cat | Source
Catwalk | Source
Copycat | Source
Ready for a Cat Nap
Ready for a Cat Nap | Source
Catlap | Source

Cat Idioms

In the article, Who is The Cat in the Mirror; Cat Idioms; Funny Cat Videos, I listed 20 idioms that were related to cats. In this article, I will be discussing 25 more idioms also related to cats. I hope you enjoy learning about them, and the history of some of the terms we frequently use.

  1. Catcalls –This phrase is used to describe the behavior of the audience who is booing actors who had done a bad job of acting. This phrase came about in Shakespeare's time when men were known to make caterwauling noises (like a bunch of cats) to indicate their displeasure of an acting performance in the theater.
  2. Pussyfooting around– This phrase is used when a person is speaking carefully and not quite to the point (not wanting to commit). This phrase, believed to be American in origin, makes reference to the fact that cats can be sly and sneaky when stalking prey.
  3. It's raining cats and dogs – This phrase indicates that it is storming quite heavily. There are two possible origins for this phrase. The first: In early London, cats were known to hunt mice on the roofs of the buildings. If they got caught on the roofs in a rainstorm, they would be washed off and onto anyone below. The second: In the tales of the storm king Odin, the dog who was an attendant to the king represented the wind. Cats eventually started symbolizing a heavy rain. So, a very strong storm with lots of wind would include cats and dogs.
  4. Playing cat and mouse – This phrase indicates that a person is toying with another person in a teasing and cruel way.
  5. Catting around and Tom catting around – These phrases indicate that someone is living an aimless and immoral lifestyle.
  6. Sourpuss – This term would be used to describe a person who is in a bad mood or cranky. It is believed to have been derived from the word, “buss”, which long ago meant “face”. As time went by, people began pronouncing “buss” and “puss” and it became associated with a cat.
  7. Let sleeping cats lie - This phrase comes from a French proverb and means to leave things status quo – just the way they are
  8. Glamour puss –This phrase refers to a glamorously attractive female. Just like sourpuss above, it is believed to been derived from the word, “buss”, which long ago meant “face”. As time went by, people began pronouncing “buss” and “puss” and it became associated with a cat.
  9. Weak as a kitten – This term actually began as “weak as a cat”, but was later changed to “weak as a kitten.” It means to be very weak or fragile
  10. See which way the cat jumps – This phrase was derived from a very cruel practice that took place long ago. A cat would be placed (as a target) on a post or in a tree; and the shooter would pause to watch which direction the cat was going to jump before taking his shot.
  11. Looking like a cat that swallowed a canary – This term refers to a person with a very satisfied look on their face.

  12. Morals of an alley cat – This term refers to a person who is very amoral and has no scruples.

  13. Scaredy-cat or a Fraidy cat – This term refers to a person who is afraid to do something, especially a dare.

  14. Catwalk – The word is used to describe a very narrow walkway. It describes a cat’s ability to maintain its balance even in very narrow and high places.

  15. All cats are gray in the dark – This phrase is derived from an English proverb, and means that until a person has made a name for themselves they are just another face in the crowd.

  16. Copycat – This term is used to describe a person who is copying another person. It is believed to come from the fact that kittens generally learn to do things by copying their mother.

  17. Sweeten the kitty – This phrase means “to up the ante” or to “increase the pot”. It is thought to come from the faro game in which the “tiger” referred to the house’s bank. This tiger was often referred to as the “kitty”, and was soon known to be the payout. To “sweeten the kitty” or to “fatten the kitty” meant that someone was increasing the amount that was in the pot.

  18. Keep no more cats than will catch mice – This phrase is an admonishment for a person to avoid others who are not willing to pull their own weight and will require your assistance at all times.

  19. Curiosity killed the cat – This phrase initially started out as “care kills a cat”. “Care”, in this phrase, meant to be overly cautious or careful (just like a cat), which was known to shorten lives, even in the 16th century when this phrase was coined. “Curiosity” evolved over time for the word “care”.

  20. Dead cat on the line – The cat in this phrase initially referred to a catfish and was used to describe something going wrong on a person’s fishing lines that were checked daily. A later meaning for the phrase was even more interesting. In the 1970’s, when many people still had party lines for their telephone service, and an uninvited party was listening in on the conversation, this uninvited busy body was referred to as a “dead cat on the line”.

  21. Catnap – This word is used to describe napping for a very short time period, and very lightly, just as a cat does.

  22. Catlap – This word refers to the way a cat drinks, lapping, and refers to a weak drink such as tea or milk.
  23. Like herding cats – If you can imagine the difficulty of trying to herd a bunch of cats and trying to keep them all moving in the same direction, it is easy to understand the meaning of this phrase. It is often used to describe something that is very difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish.
  24. Catty remarks – malicious comments made by one woman usually about another woman.

  25. Fighting like cats and dogs – This phrase is used to describe individuals who are fighting, or quarreling, viciously.

Since I had so much fun researching cat idioms and finding funny cat videos last time, I decided it was time to do it again. I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I did.

Kitten Videos

In case you're up for some more funny kitten videos, here they are! Two of them are extremely short.

The kitten below definitely has some issues ... it does appear to be seeing things.

It's a good thing this next video is short, because I had to watch it three times!

That about covers our journey though the often entertaining and very amusing life of our four-legged friends - the kitty cat.

If you want to see more funny cat videos, don't miss this one:

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    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      FlourishAnyway - That is a great response to that idiom. Thanks so much.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Growing up when someone said that curiosity killed the cat, we responded that satisfaction brought him back. (The nine lives and all.) Cute hub.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I love my feline roommates! They certainly add to my daily life.

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      Andrew Spacey 

      8 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Lovely feline to this hub! Informative and chuckleworthy. The cats in our lives never cease to amaze and surpise. Such a complex animal, both aloof and lovable, ruthless and sublimely cuddly, playful yet razor sharp.

      Electric hunter, person climber. Feather spitter, house sitter.

      I can understand how some people get to live with dozens of 'em!!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Marilyn - That picture looks just like my Yogi! I had her for 19 years. When I saw the picture I knew I had to use it! So sorry you had to give up your KC. My cat named KC is laying on the desk beside me. KC is short for Kitty Cat! It is really good to see you once again. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      8 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Hi Cindy

      I just had to return to this refreshing hub! The first picture of the kitty with a black and white face looks a lot like my beautiful KC. I had to give him up for adoption and it broke my heart. So seeing this so cute hub brightens my day.

      Thanks Marilyn

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      iamaudraleigh - so glad you enjoyed this one!

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      8 years ago

      Clever cats and clever hub! What fun!!!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Sannel - I am pleased that you enjoyed it. I love my kitties too!

      Stephanie Henkel - That certainly was a crazy kitten, wasn't it! thanks so much!

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is an interesting collection of idioms referencing cats - I hadn't realized how often cats crop up in conversation! Loved the pictures and your video of the crazy kitten! Voted up!

    • SanneL profile image


      8 years ago from Sweden

      What a fun and enjoyable hub! And definitely cute! I love cats!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      rlaha - I am pleased that you enjoyed these idioms and I am pleased that I was able to introduce you to some new ones.

      tsmog - I am glad that you enjoyed this hub. Good luck on your trip and your decision. It is always good to see you.

      Victoria Lynn - Thanks for all the votes. I am pleased that you enjoyed this one because I truly love cats also.

      mljdgulley354 - I am glad that someone sent you this way also. Yes I think that sleeping dogs and sleeping cats would pretty well mean the same thing.

      Sunshine625 - So glad you found this to be purr-fect!

      randomcreative - I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub in addition to the videos.

      cebutouristspot - thanks for sharing this hub with lots of cat lovers. I'm sure they will be thrilled with it!

      tenet - This is a good hub for the cat lover. Thanks!

      Nat Amaral - I am pleased that you enjoyed this article. I am so glad that you enjoyed all the videos.

      Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by and commenting. All of this attention surely has made my birthday quite memorable.

    • Nat Amaral profile image

      Nat Amaral 

      8 years ago from BC Canada

      Such an enjoyable article! The pictures were pretty sweet and the videos were just absolutely sweet--esp. the Funny Cute Crazy Kitten. I laughed myself silly watching that one!

    • tenet profile image


      8 years ago from Harbin, Heilongjiang China

      This is a very interesting hub homesteadbound :) and I love cats :P

    • cebutouristspot profile image


      8 years ago from Cebu

      So cute. I love the video. I am sharing this here and in my facebook account as I know there are a lot of cat lovers out there. Thanks for sharing/

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome topic for a hub! I never get tired of all things cat, especially the videos.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub is the cat's meow!! It's purr-fect!! :)

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      8 years ago

      homestead I am glad someone shared this hub with me. I had never heard "let sleeping cats lie" we always used "let sleeping dogs lie" which means the same thing. I can see you had fun with this hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I gave you all the votes on this one. I LOVE cats, so I loved the photos, especially. The idioms are great, too. Great hub. I'm sharing it, too! Happy birthday!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I'm curious, #19, alas I have to go on a small trip this morning.I will be reading upon arrival, since this seems to be pointing me in a decision. Awesome hub, HSB, and thank you.

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      8 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Wow! I loved these. I had never heard of some of these idioms or phrases before, but it is good to know for future reference. I loved the pictures and videos of the cats. Those were so cute :). I love cats too :). Thanks for sharing! Voted up, interesting, useful and funny :).

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Ardie - I am glad that both you and your daughter enjoyed the videos. 4 times might be a record, but it is a cute kitten. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing with your daughter!

    • Ardie profile image


      9 years ago from Neverland

      SO stinking cute! I even called my daughter (6) in to watch the videos. She made me play surprised kitten 4 times!!!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Sueswan - I am totally satisfied with your satisfaction in this hub. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

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      9 years ago

      Hi homesteadbound

      Curiosity killed the cat. Satisfaction brought it back.

      A very satisfying hub.

      Voted up and awesome.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      mary615 - I love my kitties too. I think they are very interesting. I am pleased you enjoy the videos.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      9 years ago from Florida

      I love cats! They are most interesting creatures. I liked your videos, too. I vote this UP, etc.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Cat R - I am glad that you enjoyed this. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Cat R 

      9 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      Nicely set up and written. Love the pictures and the banner on the bottom.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Feline Prophet - I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. I had a lot of fun looking for those pictures to match the idioms. There are so many cute and funny cat pictures available on the web. I hope you had a chance to watch the videos also. They really were funny!

      Thanks for stopping bya dn for commenting.

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      What an interesting hub! So often we use idioms and phrases without really knowing what they mean. I loved the pictures - they are so appropriate! :)


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