Cat-speak, cat vocabulary, words about cats – take your pick. My very supportive and non-cat blog reading husband asked me for this post about all the different cat words or phrases that a non-cat person needs to know when reading a cat blog. Why? Well, let me tell you…
My husband – we’ll call him Ross (because that’s his name) – has been kind enough to proofread several of my posts and of course read the blog as posts go up. After the first couple posts that mentioned “foster fails,” he didn’t say anything. But as we were walking our dog one evening, we were discussing the blog, and…
Ross said, “I have a question for you.”
“Go ahead,” I prompted.
“It’s kind of weird. But why do people talk about their foster fails? It’s like they’re bragging.”
“Yeah, so what?” I responded. “They’re proud of them.”
Hmmm… at this point in the conversation, I figured we weren’t talking about the same thing. So, I asked him, “What do you think a foster fail is?”
And he whispered back, “You know… the cat died.”
“NO! A foster fail is when the foster parent ends up keeping the cat because they can’t part with it!”
“That’s a horrible name. You can see why I thought that, right? It’s the word FAIL!”
And that is when he requested that I make a list to clear up any other cat-speak that may need clarifying for the less-than-fanatical cat person.
To be honest, I’m still coming across words and phrases that are new to me as well. And that’s why I need your help! I’m going to keep a running list that will be housed on a yet-to-be-created Cat Terms page that I can link to on certain words that (my husband feels) need clarifying. But now I need to actually come up with said list. I would like to include actual cat terms – basics that a cat person may know, but perhaps a non-cat person would not. Terms like feral vs. stray, TNR, polydactyl, clowder, etc. But I want to have fun phrases and words as well, like foster fail (the impetus behind this post), cat loaf, MOL, EB, etc.
I’ve started off with a few fun ones below. Please feel free to comment away to let me know what I can add to my list for my future Cat Terms page. My husband thanks you.
Examples of cat phrases the non-cat person may not know
Cat Loaf (a.k.a baking a loaf) – When cats tuck their legs in, they resemble a loaf of bread.
Elevator Butt (a.k.a EB) – This was a new one to me and the perfect explanation can be found in this article here called EB Feline Condition—Nature or Nurture? It’s hilarious and truly had me going for a bit. It is a must-read. Thank you to Savannah’s Paw Tracks for sharing!
Foster Fail – When a foster parent fails in their duties and keeps their foster cat.
MOL – Meow out loud, you know, instead of laugh out loud.
Making Biscuits (a.k.a. kneading dough, air biscuits) – The motion a cat makes with their paws that resembles kneading dough, very often on a soft surface or on their human’s lap or tummy. Or many times kneading will commence on a fellow kitty. Making biscuits is very common and most cats will do it for life. This demonstration video was made shortly after we found Sophie. Even as a kitten, she was a top-notch biscuit maker!
Please leave any cat terms or fun phrases in the comments that you think should be on my Cat Terms page (yet to be created).