Illustration by Addie Ledyard
From Oxford Languages: “cat”
a small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractable claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed.
Urban Dictionary: “Cats”
Ninjas in fur suit with knives hidden in the paws. Author – iwillneverbeafraidagain
Or: the things trying to kill you in your sleep, the things trying to protect you from the things trying to kill you in your sleep …
Author – considerthefollowing
From Your Dictionary: Cat meaning
A small, lithe, soft-furred animal (Felis cattus) of this family, domesticated since ancient times and often kept as a pet or for killing mice.
Or, as Gertrude Stein may have said, “A cat is a cat is a cat.”
Gertrude for the win!
Oh, great riposte!