I can’t possibly count how many times, in any given writing session, I interrupt myself to mentally search for a different way to say something. Whether it’s a concept, a sentiment, a thought, a sentence – the hunt to find other ways of saying the very same thing, more often than not, feels like a tooth extraction. The sad part is how helpful it would be to have this skill come easily to me (I blog for a living). Yet even something as straightforward as thinking up another way to say a single word: torture. It can be so painful, I often find myself doing a quick search for synonyms online to see if a thesaurus can alleviate my agony.
Obviously, this isn’t a blog about words, writing, or anything along those lines – it’s a blog about cats. So today’s post, and possibly the only post I’ll do in this vein, is going to take a look at many of the ways you can speak about cats without using the word “cat.”
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Yes, this is absolutely a post I’m doing in large part for myself. I pen every article on this cat blog – you can’t fathom how many times a week I wish for another straightforward way to say the word “cat” without having to repeat the word “cat” another thousand times. Not that I feel I have to be original, I just can’t bear to see the same single word repeated 20+ times in the same short paragraph. So yes, finding different ways of saying “cat” will directly help me, and writing this post to use as a reference later is likely to bring me just a smidgen more peace of mind while I madly type away in the WordPress back end.
Whether you’re here looking for other ways to say “cat” for a poem, essay, article, play, or any other type of writing, creative or not – welcome. And, for the love of god, if you can think of any other ways to say this simple word, please leave a comment. Obviously, you’d be doing me a solid.
This article lists both a slew of synonyms and metonymies (OED definition: “The substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant, for example suit for business executive, or the turf for horse racing.”) Again, if you think of others, leave your ideas below to help reduce my anxiety a peg as I write the plethora of posts about cats you can find published on this blog.
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“Cat” by Another Name? Synonyms & Other Words for “Cat”
Words for types of cats
Thanks to Sue for these!
- Tom (Male Cat)
- Queen (Female Cat)
- Clowder (Group of Cats)
- Glaring (Group of Cats)
Synonyms commonly used to refer to cats
- Kitty, Kitty-Cat
- Pussy Cat, Pussy
- Moggie, Moggy
- House Cat, Domestic
- He-Cat, She-Cat
Common nicknames for cats
- Furry, Furball
Well-recognized body parts of cats
Common cat behaviours
Words commonly used in substitution for “pet”
- Furry, Furbaby, Furball
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List of wild/large cats
Pulled from this list of the wild cat species of the world (check it out for a complete list):
Cat Breeds List
Pulled from this list of the most popular cat breeds:
- British Shorthair
- Maine Coon
- American Shorthair
- Scottish Fold
- Devon Rex
- Cornish Rex
- Norwegian Forest Cat
Prefer a list of all cat breeds? There’s a full list here.
“Cat” in Other Languages
Pulled from this list of words for cat in other languages:
- Gato (Galician, Portuguese, Spanish) / Gatto (Italian)
- Chat (French)
- Kat (Danish, Dutch, Afrikaans) / Katu (Basque) / Katze (German)
- Kass (Estonian)
- Cica (Hungarian)
- Mace (Albanian)
- Macka (Bosnian, Croatian, Slovak, Slovenian)
- Mushuk (Uzbek)
- Kedi (Turkish)
- Paka (Swahili)
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Even More Ways to Say “Cat”?
Can you think of other words, or other ways in general, for talking about cats without using the word cat itself?
Are there any words you prefer to use over others when you’re referring to cats? Any you really dislike?
Can’t wait to hear your ideas in the comments down below!