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Guide :: "Cat speak" Dictionary

on Mon 08 Oct 2018, 6:00 pm
General Terminology:

Carrionplace - A Twoleg dump.
Crowfood – A dead prey animal that has begun to rot; can also be used as an insult. Also known as buzzardfood, or chickfeed.
Dirt ('Making Dirt') - Feces, defecating.
Fresh-kill – A recently killed prey animal caught for the purpose of consumption. Also known as "caught-prey". Elders, kits, queens, and sick cats eat first, then warriors and apprentices. Extras stay in the fresh-kill pile, and stores can be built, but typically only using 'forest' prey, as fish does not keep well.
Gathering – The monthly meeting of all the Clans when the moon is full, at the Gathering Island. There is a truce on this night, and no fighting is allowed.
Halfbridge – A boat dock.
Horseplace – A place where horses were once kept, such as ranches and stables.
Hunting Patrol – A group of cats hunting for fresh-kill to bring back for their Clan to eat. May fight if there are trespassers.
Loner – A cat that lives by itself and doesn't defend its territory.
Monster – A vehicle operated by humans; cars, trucks, buses, the like. Boats referred to as "water-monsters". 
Rogue – A usually hostile cat who does not have a permanent home, roams around, and does not care about crossing Clan boundaries.
Sharing tongues – Cats grooming each other while sharing the latest gossip. A cat lies on the ground, talking, while the other grooms their fur, listening. Also known as "giving of close comfort."
She-cat - A female cat.
She-kit - A female kit.
Silver boulder - A boulder that, when the silver disc is pulled off, holds Twoleg rubbish. A rubbish bin/trash can.
Silverpelt – The large swath of stars in the sky (believed to be the Milky Way). These stars are a direct representation of StarClan.
Silverthorn - Barbed wire.
Smooth boulder-thing - Twoleg ball.
Snowmelt - A term used to describe slush or dirty, melted snow.
Soft boulder - A pillow or cushion.
StarClan - where good Clan cats go when they die; an afterlife.
Tree-eater – A bulldozer.
Thunderpath – A paved road with an extremely acrid scent that cars often go across. Common in Twolegplaces.
Tom/tomcat - A male cat.
Tom-kit - a male kit.
Twoleg nest – A house once inhabited by humans.
Twolegplace – An abandoned town, city, or village


Time Phrases:

Newleaf - The season of spring.
Greenleaf - The season of summer.
Leaf-fall - The season of autumn or fall.
Leaf-bare - The season of winter.
Moon - The time between one full moon and the next, spanning about 28 days; a month. Ages of cats are measured in moons.
Moonhigh - When the moon is the highest in the sky; about midnight.
Moonrise - The time when the moon rises, typically just after dusk.
Half-moon - About two weeks, half a month.
Quarter-moon - About a week.
Sunhigh - The point during the day when the sun is highest in the sky; noon.
Sunrise - One day in cat time (i.e. One sunrise ago).
Season - A quarter of a year in cat time. Four seasons equal a year, with three moons (roughly) to a season. Typically a new year is counted at the beginning of Newleaf. 
Heartbeat - A split second; "In a heartbeat"
Claw-moon - When the moon resembles the shape of an unsheathed claw, equivalent to crescent moon. Typically between the time of No-Moon (half way between full moons; about two weeks) and the quarter-moon phases. 
Sundown - Alternate name for dusk, where the sun has sunk behind the horizon.
Sunup - Alternate name for dawn, the rising of the sun.



Distance Phrases:

Fox-length - About the length of a fox; approximately a yard/80cm.
Kittenstep or kitstep - About the length of kit's step; approximately 1-1 and a half inches/1.25-2.5 cm.
Tail-length - About the length of a cat's tail; approximately a foot/30cm.
Rabbit hop or rabbit length - About a foot and a half/45cm.
Mouse-length - About two or three inches/5-7.5cm.
Pawstep - About the length of a grown cat's step, roughly six inches/15cm.
Tree-length - About the length of a fallen tree; around 40 to 50 feet/12-15m.

Geographical phrases: 
East - where the sun rises 
West - where the sun sets
North - right of sunset
South - right of sunrise



Insults, Exclamations, And Phrases:
 
As easy as swallowing a minnow - A phrase used to indicate easiness of the task.
As much use as a dead fox - A harsh insult, meaning the recipient is useless.
Bat-blind- an insult to a cat's eyesight, similar to the phrase "as blind as a bat".
Bees in your brain - An exclamation meaning confusion or a cat not making sense. (You've got bees in your brain!)
Beetle-brain - friendly insult similar to mouse-brain.
Chickfeed- Alternative of crowfood.
Cleanpaw- A scornful insult used for someone who sticks to the rules closely.
Crowfood - A harsh insult comparing the recipient to rotting prey animals (as in I'll turn you into crowfood!), or suggesting that they eat it (as in crowfood-eater).
(You're) crazier than a fox in a fit! - An insult used when a cat (or cats) are acting crazy. Another variation uses "madder" instead of "crazier."
Doesn't matter a whisker/Doesn't catch so much as a whisker - An exclamation meaning the cat does not care, (i.e. it didn't matter a whisker that she didn't share their beliefs) similar to I don't give a mousetail. Or saying that a patrol didn't catch anything.
Dormouse - An expression or exclamation used against a cat who sleeps a lot.
Drypaw - A cat that dislikes getting wet, usually used in RippleClan.
Dungface- A harsh insult.
Featherbrain - A term equivalent to mousebrain; a gentle, teasing insult.
Fishface, fishfur or fish-breath - An insult used against RippleClan warriors.
Flea-brain - A friendly, yet harsh insult. Severity of the insult is almost always decided by tone.
Foxbreath - A harsh insult.
Fox-dung - An exclamation of frustration (Oh, fox-dung!) or to tell another that they smell like fox dung.
Fox-hearted - An insult meaning cruel, cold-hearted, or evil.
Frog-dung - Same as fox-dung, but often used in RippleClan.
Frog-dirt and Fish-guts - Used in RippleClan, has the same meaning as thistles and thorns.
Furball - A friendly, yet harsh insult. Severity decided by tone.
Fuzz-brain - A friendly, but harsh insult, often insinuating the cat has the brain of a small, fuzzy kit or rabbit. Severity decided by tone.
Great StarClan! - An exclamation used to signify extreme surprise or anger. Similar to "Oh my god!" in usage and to the fact that they both have mention of a higher force.
Hare-dung - Used as an exclamation, similar to "mouse-dung". Used by RushClan.
When hedgehogs fly - An exclamation style statement that shows disbelief that a certain event will likely occur. Somewhat like the human phrase, "When pigs fly".
How in Silverpelt? - An exclamation used meaning "How in the world?"
I don't give a mousetail/They wouldn't give a mousetail - An exclamation meaning that the cat does not care. Another variation is "I would ____ for a couple of mousetails" meaning that they are willing to do the inserted action for no real reward. Can also mean that a cat would be stingy enough not to share a mousetail.
I'd have shredded you into mousedust! - to gravely injure, rip to shreds. Similar to mousemeat. 
In all the stars - an exclamation.
It's better to scare away a mouse than welcome a badger - An old nursery saying that means that it's better to scare away a friendly cat than welcome a not-so-friendly cat.
Make dirt - to use the bathroom, or the dirtplace in warrior terms.
May StarClan light your path/banish all the fleas from your nest - A friendly term used to tell others they wish them well.
May the Sun warm your back and the fish leap into your paws - A blessing used in RippleClan used to wish good dreams or, in some instances, to say farewell to a dead cat.
May you find good hunting, swift running, and shelter when you sleep - An ancient farewell used by all the Clans, to say goodbye to loved ones on their way to StarClan.
Minnow-brain - A friendly but harsh insult. RippleClan version of "mouse-brain".
Mouse-brain - A friendly yet harsh insult. Severity decided by tone.
Mouse-dung - A somewhat harsh insult comparing the recipient to mouse feces. Also used as an exclamation (as in Mouse-dung! That can't be right!). Somewhat like "Darn it!"
Mouse-hearted - An insult that describes one who is cowardly.
Mousefodder - An insult describing that the cat is worthless
(Only) StarClan knows (what) - Sometimes used to answer a question that is impossible to answer. Similar to "Only god knows what," "Only god knows," and "god knows."
Pain in the tail - An insult meaning a cat is irritating or lazy.
Pigeon-brain - an insult commonly used to describe CrestClan
Rabbit-brain - An insult that is friendly but harsh. A RushClan version of mouse-brain.
Rabbit-chasers - A less harsh insult used to describe RushClan
Scaredy-mouse! - A similar expression to scaredy-cat, referring to a cat easily frightened. 
Scaredy-sparrow - Same as the term "scaredy-mouse." 
Snake-heart(ed) - Similar to the term "fox-hearted," generally to describe PathClan.
Snake-tongue - An insult meaning rude, cold or unfair; similar to "fox-hearted" or "snake-hearted"
Sorry catches no prey, or Sorry fills no bellies - Means cats can be sorry, but that will not change the past.
StarClan's kits! – An exclamation of surprise or disbelief. Sometimes used as an exclamation if a cat is hurt.
Tabbies don't change their stripes - means that a cat doesn't change their nature. Equivalent to "a leopard can't change his spots."
Toad-brain - similar to mouse-brain.
What in StarClan's name?- A exclamation similar to "What on earth?" or "What in the world?"
That's a load of badger droppings - A harsh exclamation saying that something is nonsense.
Thistles and thorns - Used to describe bad luck (as in: Thistles and thorns! I blew it!); similar to "Darn it" or "mouse-dung."
Water rat - An insult used to describe RippleClan
Who made dirt in their fresh kill/nest?- A phrase to describe a cranky or suddenly moody cat.
Would've made mousemeat out of you! - To badly injure, rip to shreds. Similar to mousedust.
Who ruffled their fur?- A similar way of saying "who got under their skin?"
You fight/hunt like a kittypet! - An expression used to insult or tease a cat who fights/hunts poorly.


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