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Who is the “Tom” in “tomcat,” the name for male cats? Plus, you have a pack of dogs, but a “what” of cats?

Ailurophiles (cat fanciers) will tell you that it makes perfect sense female cats are called queens. “Tomcat,” however, is a little trickier. While we’re on the feline topic, what is the name for a group of cats, and where does the myth of cats’ nine lives originate?

Meow. (What do people in Japan say instead of ”meow?” Here’s the answer.)

It turns out that the term for a male cat is associated with a fictional character from long before the cartoon “Tom and Jerry.” In the mid-eighteenth century, a popular children’s book called “The Life and Adventures of a Cat” featured a cat named Tom. “Tomcat” is also slang for a “woman-chaser,” a definition that was first recorded in 1927.

A less common name for the male cat is Gib-cat, which is likely a shortening of the name Gilbert.

Female cats (and often male cats too) are called pusses or pussycats, or queens. There is some debate as to which language this term came from. Dutch, German, Swedish, and Norwegian are all candidates.

The word is also used to refer to a person who is harmless. For example, “Don’t let John’s serious stare intimidate you. He’s really just a pussycat.”

Incidentally, the verb pussyfoot was originally the apropos nickname for a stealthy prohibition agent named W.E. Johnson.

(Cats are one thing, but zedonks and ligers are another. Learn the difference between a zebrula, a zonkey, and a zebrinny, here.)

You may have witnessed a herd of cows, a pack of dogs, a murder of crows, and a covey of partridges, but how often do you see a clowder of cats? Maybe when there is an abundance of catnip.

Since ancient times, cats have inspired a variety of myths and superstitions. One common superstition states that bad luck comes to whoever lets a black cat cross his path. If this superstition develops into a persistent, irrational fear of felines, it is called ailurophobia. The word comes from the Greek ailouros, which means “cat,” and phobos, which means “fear.”

Many cultures share a version of the myth that cats have multiple lives. We often talk about cats having nine lives, while in some Spanish-speaking regions pusses are said to have seven. The myth stems from cats’ natural abilities to dodge life-threatening situations.

What other animal would you like us to investigate? The creature with the most support below will receive its own future blog entry.

147 Comments

  1. Phil Apino -  November 11, 2014 - 3:21 am

    narwal…narwals or narwali ?…. narwilian?

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  2. veb -  October 4, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    CROWS! or skunk

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  3. artemisia -  March 1, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    Why do the Brits call a cat a “moggy”?

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    • zosha -  June 2, 2014 - 9:54 am

      a moggy is a certain breed of cat

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  4. Tom -  February 15, 2014 - 5:57 am

    I have come to the exact same conclusion on my blog http://tomandjerryblog.weebly.com/

    Tom is a male cat … it’s something like if he was a girl he would be called Kittie …. short from kittie cat…

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  5. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 11, 2013 - 3:47 am

    I third wolves. Wolves are the most awesome creatures because they are so loyal to their family and they always support their pack. They work together for everything. Please do an article about them.

    I thought only female cats that are nursing kittens were called queens. In Warriors, female warriors are called she-cats and nursing mothers are called queens. Warrior cats rule!

    Where I live, there are stray cats on every corner. In my apartment complex alone there are more than I can keep track of. And they breed like crazy. It’s really sad…they fight over trash can rights. :(

    @Brie:
    The proper term for a male wolf is “dog.”

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  6. Pixie -  May 16, 2013 - 7:16 pm

    Besides Tomcat,what about a female cat?How to call or describe a female cat in a intimate way?Is it called a Kate cat?Wondering!Eager to receive a respondence from U.XoXo.

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  7. Jane -  February 25, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Star nosed moles

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  8. bethany -  September 16, 2012 - 1:43 am

    what about smuge

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  9. Stella -  May 30, 2012 - 5:21 am

    Lonesome George

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  10. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 29, 2012 - 11:23 am

    I thought a queen was a female cat meant for raising kittens?

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  11. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 29, 2012 - 11:22 am

    @Patrick J: Red pandas and giant pandas are now classified in their own family, Ailuridae, with red pandas as the core species.

    @Faith: I LOVE MUDSKIPPERS!!!!!!! They are so cute! I think they are an awesome fish they are my favorite fish! Top 10 list of animals I want to include:

    10) Caracals
    9) Stoats/Ermines (why are they stoats in summer and ermine in winter?)
    8) Any kind of lagomorph (rabbits, hares, pikas)
    7) Axolotls
    6) Mudskippers
    5) Dholes
    4) Owls (why are they considered wise?)
    3) Rhynchocephalians
    2) Echidnas
    1) Tarsiers!

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  12. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 29, 2012 - 11:10 am

    @andrea: A narwhal is a cetacean with a very long protruding upper tooth. Some people think that this is the inspiration of the unicorn.

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  13. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 29, 2012 - 11:07 am

    Tarsiers.

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  14. dumb blonde -  February 17, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Narwhal definition, “The narwhal, or narwhale, Monodon monoceros, is a medium-sized toothed whale that lives year-round in the Arctic.”

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  15. kss -  November 10, 2011 - 6:40 am

    what are two name female cats are referred tolike male cats are referred to as “tom cats”

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  16. Will -  October 23, 2011 - 8:59 am

    yo mamma

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  17. maddie -  February 24, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    ooohhh please do one on narwalls or llamas!!!!

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  18. a -  February 16, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Hellworms would be an interesting topic.

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  19. Katie -  February 16, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Owls! :D

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  20. Johnnie -  February 15, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    Entertainingly written! My nominations would be endangered animals such as Mexican Grey Wolves, Tigers, Polar Bears and Elephants (in some parts of the world). We need to raise awareness of these as they are a vital and disappearing part of our ecosystem.

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  21. trilby -  February 9, 2011 - 12:26 pm

    Cats don’t live in groups, do they. So why should there be a word for a group of cats?

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  22. Charmaine -  February 9, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Cuttle Fish :)

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  23. Norms -  February 9, 2011 - 12:55 am

    I love these articles! short and informative and interesting <3

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    • Sharon -  October 9, 2014 - 6:39 pm

      I 2nd that norms. :D

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  24. Artus -  February 8, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    I second mongooses. And yes, though it may seem like the plural should be “mongeese,” it is indeed mongooses.

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  25. Cass -  February 8, 2011 - 3:13 pm

    Haha guys, narwhals are a type of marine mammal. They are a type of whale that has a horn-like thing growing out of their face. (I’ve heard it’s just a very overgrown tooth?)

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  26. Jacky -  February 8, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    Can u research about this animal: Killer Whales, Liger, Zorse(zebra and horse mixed)

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  27. Jacky -  February 8, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    hi umm i always thought female cats were call she-cats becasue thats what it says in the warrior cat books.

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  28. adam carolla's disciple -  January 12, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    don’t forget school of fish

    or flark of larks

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  29. Sage -  October 21, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    ferrets or skunks or okapi

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  30. flatcat26 -  October 21, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Cats are amazing. Just like me! You should research unicorns or amur leopards. AMUR LEOPARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. Ricky -  October 21, 2010 - 12:36 am

    Lynx or Bobcat

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  32. mary -  October 20, 2010 - 7:22 pm

    why do they call them peeping toms?

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  33. blahblahblah -  October 20, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    i love how people are just saying random animals….Ostrich X zebra + chicken = panda

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  34. Laura -  October 20, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    Narwhals! Dont know what they are and would love to find out more about them.

    This was very informative article. Thanks!

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  35. Derrick McBride -  October 18, 2010 - 9:34 am

    O.k, count me in for skunks.

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  36. firefish -  October 18, 2010 - 8:21 am

    I would like to see a hotword story on firefisg.

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  37. BookWorm -  October 17, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    I always have a great fantasy towards cats information.
    I love cats

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  38. Jocantha Telsey -  October 16, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    chinchilas
    make a blog on chinchilas

    they’re so fuzzy!! my science teacher has a boa constrictor named rosy (rosy’s tongue tickles when it’s ‘smelling’ you)
    And I got to sit with the chinchilas in their cage! one started nibbling me!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
    she also has a ferret, which are also cute and started to bite me.
    two birds
    turtles
    gecko
    sigh I LOVE CHINCHILAS AND FERRETS!!!!!!

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  39. Jon Andreasen -  October 15, 2010 - 5:35 pm

    Owls… occassionally hear one hooting while I’m walking the dog early in the morning… haunting!

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  40. Kelly -  October 15, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    I love the article about cats. I love reading these informative blog posts; it’s FUN! I would like to hear about horses, zebras, parrots, golden hamsters, and skunks.

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  41. mseel1 -  October 15, 2010 - 1:01 pm

    skunks!!!

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  42. gerbilmama -  October 15, 2010 - 11:09 am

    Horses

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  43. Squirrel Nutkin -  October 15, 2010 - 6:31 am

    Squirrel! ‘Squirrel away’ – seems obvious where that come from. But what about ‘squirrelly’ in the sense of a little crazy? When did that start? What was the original way to say “squirrel”? ‘skwurl’? ‘skwr-rel’ ?

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  44. T -  October 15, 2010 - 4:20 am

    I vote for The Horse & also ‘Narwhal’?…what the…????

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  45. Carol -  October 15, 2010 - 2:14 am

    My cat Maboule isn’t snobbish at all, and loyal to the bone, but then my friends say that she thinks she’s a dog.

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  46. Kate -  October 15, 2010 - 1:11 am

    wow it says 1:08 am when it’s actually 6:30pm
    at my place :) also narwhal??? cause i don’t know what it is.

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  47. Kate -  October 15, 2010 - 1:08 am

    Humans…they are sooo interesting and unpredictable.

    Also dragons, unicorns, mermaids and lepracons

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  48. Patrick J -  October 15, 2010 - 1:07 am

    a parliament of owls

    Giant pandas are they racoons or bears?

    Same question for red pandas.

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  49. V. -  September 9, 2010 - 3:20 am

    Another vote for owls here.

    When it comes to tomboys, I`ll quote wikipedia, because I am lazy: A tomboy is a girl who exhibits some characteristics and or behavior considered typical of the gender role of a boy, including the wearing of typically masculine-oriented types of clothes and engaging in games and activities that are often physical in nature, and which are considered in many cultures to be the domain of boys.

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  50. Mike -  September 8, 2010 - 1:58 am

    As a fluent Japanese speaker, I would have to argue that the more common usage is actually “nyan” with a final “n”. In fact, anything emphasizing the “ya” sound is said to be cat-like. Japanese travel company Jyaran’s mascot is a cat, and people from Nagoya are said to talk like cats because their dialect uses the sentence-ending “ya” frequently. In general, Japan seems to have a cultural obsession with cats. A common myth is that if a cat’s tail grows too long, it will become a demon.

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  51. Debbie -  August 31, 2010 - 5:49 am

    What about the term “Tom-boy”? Is it related?

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  52. Faith -  August 30, 2010 - 3:52 pm

    Mud Skipper Fish. It’s a FISH OUT OF WATER. Yay! I love weird things like that. I guess Narwhals would be cool too though… but consider the Mud skippa!!! :D

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  53. Emme -  August 30, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    I agree about this article being poorly written. It is very choppy and difficult to follow cohesively. Shouldn’t a dictionary website, by default, have some handle on proper writing?

    On a happier note, I also support the narwhal.

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  54. mixed beans -  August 30, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    Nyan Nyan also means cuddling.

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  55. a mixed bag -  August 30, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    What about a human who get detoxicated?

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  56. Marinie -  August 30, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Fascinating^^)thanx
    Psychodelic fish :D
    But Narwhals would be nice. Never heard about them)

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  57. Jack Cervantes -  August 30, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    OWLS!

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  58. #1 Skillet fan -  August 30, 2010 - 11:10 am

    *Obama* lol jk

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  59. Ris -  August 30, 2010 - 11:00 am

    Narwhals

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  60. eternalfantacy -  August 30, 2010 - 10:58 am

    a GIANT SIPHONOPHORE!!! (also known as “Praya dubia”)

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  61. Chris Beard -  August 30, 2010 - 10:56 am

    I third the motion for Skunk coverage (but having not read all the comments, I may be 26th or so… hopefully).

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  62. That Guy -  August 30, 2010 - 10:53 am

    I second the Chupacabra. Giant Elephant Shrews was a good one too.

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  63. Jim Stewart -  August 30, 2010 - 10:44 am

    The collective cats is’t a herd?

    Thanks for “clowder” and “ailurophile”. I’ve read that before the stories of Tom the cat came along, male cats were referred to as rams. I’m not sure how true that is.

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  64. Farah -  August 30, 2010 - 10:42 am

    Any mythical creature please. Or Narwhals.

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  65. Hartono Lim -  August 30, 2010 - 9:54 am

    Dragons ! Were dragons really exist ?

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  66. DizkneeNut -  August 30, 2010 - 9:48 am

    Owls, hummingbirds…. On the subject of unicorns, how ’bout a phoenix? There’s probably a ton of stories surrounding those!

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  67. JJ -  August 30, 2010 - 9:39 am

    Degu, latin: Octodon degus

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  68. cin -  August 30, 2010 - 9:38 am

    How about the PIPA PIPA — or SURINAM toads?? They are soooo weird, and most people have never heard of them or seen them ‘in action’…. so prehistoric-looking!!

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  69. Toni -  August 30, 2010 - 9:36 am

    I forgot Japanese cats say nya! But, seriously. Cats rule (when they aren’t clawing on your brand new air mattress instead of a perfectly good scratching post). If you guys do another animal article, feature snakes, sharks, hamsters, or bees.

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  70. Mohammed -  August 30, 2010 - 9:32 am

    cool story..

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  71. razeen -  August 30, 2010 - 9:31 am

    Humans….:P

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  72. SoarAway -  August 30, 2010 - 9:30 am

    An article on quetzals would be awesome!

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  73. JD -  August 30, 2010 - 9:30 am

    Ive seen a clowder of cats, I live out in the country and have 9 cats outside due to the fact that all to often they are eaten by bobcats and coyotes. But its rather funny because everywhere i go they go, they all trail along behind me and under my feet walking along with me no matter where i go!! As well as they all meet me at the gate when i get home. And they always all are together, all play together explore together sleep together and eat together.

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  74. Werns -  August 30, 2010 - 7:01 am

    CUTTLEFISH

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  75. I dont like visiting a zoo -  August 30, 2010 - 3:34 am

    Rare animal really excite me.

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  76. a big dog lover -  August 30, 2010 - 3:15 am

    Tasmanian Tiger is Thylacines, not Tasmanian Devil. I looked that up.

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  77. a big dog lover -  August 30, 2010 - 3:13 am

    Is a Tasmanian Tiger also called a Tasmanian Devil? If they are, they are not extinct but their small polulation designates them as a conserved animal. Their name of devil does not imply their nature according to the nature TV program but I watched that years ago so I forgot where their name come from.

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  78. Jo Cornetplayer -  August 30, 2010 - 1:33 am

    Maybe no-one knows the word for a group of cats because they don’t hang around in groups. Hence the expression “it’s like herding cats”. I would like to see a future article on mythical beasts – unicorns, mermaids, gryphons…

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    • kim -  October 30, 2014 - 9:31 pm

      The expression ” like herding cats” speaks more to the independent and often contrary nature of felines rather than whether they stay together in a group or not. You could just as easily substitute “two year old children” in place of “cats”. Trying to get either grouping to all go in the same direction at the same time is a fruitless and nerve racking exercise in futility. Living in the country requires a large number of cats to keep the rodent population in check and ours tend to hang out together, sleep and eat together and even hunt together. They tend to stay in a group unless, of course, I need to get them all together for one reason or another whereupon they will scatter to the four winds! Exactly like a bunch of two year old kids being told it’s bath time. I have come to the conclusion that cats (being of a stubborn and independent nature) will only do something if they think it’s their idea. Maybe city cats are different?

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  79. Deepak -  August 30, 2010 - 1:17 am

    Tiger

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  80. Liz -  August 29, 2010 - 7:08 pm

    Thylacines, i think they are like the Tasmanian Tiger (if not the same thing) and they are ‘thought’ to be extinct. That could be interesting. I would read that.

    From what I know, the Bird Of Paradise is not ‘mysterious’ but more.. uncommon.

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  81. KITTY LOVER #1 -  August 29, 2010 - 6:42 pm

    i think cats a re awsome and NOT snobbish i guess some can be but have you seen any of paris hiltons dogs they looks snobby and thay look loike little barking rats. i want to read about slugs they are pretty mysterious.

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  82. Missy -  August 29, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    Dingoes, owls, spotted hyenas, red foxes and/or thylacines, because thylacines freaking rule.

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  83. Felic -  August 29, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    It’s a clowder of cats….

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  84. ana -  August 29, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    I’ll only read another article if it isn’t as choppy and horrible written and confusing as this one was. My God, it stated one question after the other, and jumped around so much I didn’t know what to think.

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  85. kathryn bruce -  August 29, 2010 - 5:46 pm

    a kettle of eagles,owls,ravens vs crows, woodpeckers and ibises?

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  86. Phoebe -  August 29, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    Narwhals and UNICORNS!!!

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  87. Sam -  August 29, 2010 - 4:54 pm

    Compile a list of ALL… this was really cool.

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  88. Buddy Cook -  August 29, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    Ardvark

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  89. Homa Jaferey -  August 29, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    How about the mythical bird of paradise? I would like to know more about its origin and history.

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  90. jennys2151 -  August 29, 2010 - 4:13 pm

    The Japanese sound for a cat is “~Nya!” Of course! If you watch Shugo Chara, Yoru (the cat-like one) says Nya at the end of all his sentences!

    Anyway, I think you should do wolves next. Wolves are cool.

    ~Nya<3

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  91. a big dog lover -  August 29, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    I love dogs more than cats, especially big dogs. They are more adorable since cats are very snobbish.

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  92. another hot word topic -  August 29, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    I want an article about a palm reading.

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  93. andrea -  August 29, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    what the heck is a narwhal? i’ll vote for that one. lol

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  94. Reverend -  August 29, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    Chupacabra

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  95. prorific -  August 29, 2010 - 3:36 pm

    hare!

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  96. are you writing a book? -  August 29, 2010 - 3:34 pm

    a sly dog!

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  97. syntax yourself -  August 29, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    Rabbits, they are very cute and smart and have twisted mind.

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  98. Rabeeta -  August 29, 2010 - 8:27 am

    It ws indeed interesting as well as infOrmative.

    I’d like to knOw about Snakes or insEcts.

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  99. becky -  August 29, 2010 - 2:32 am

    Ravens!

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  100. ummmm ya reckon -  August 28, 2010 - 11:04 pm

    DOLPHINS AND HORSES!!

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  101. la -  August 28, 2010 - 9:21 pm

    narwhals, llamas, otters. nice site- fun to read.

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  102. David E. -  August 28, 2010 - 7:25 pm

    Okapis and giraffes.

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  103. what racoon with pendulous things represents by the way -  August 28, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    ‘Maneki Neko’ in Japanese is a cat statue where people place them at the entrance door beleiving they can bring a good luck. ‘Maneki Neko’ usually squwats with legs and the right hand beckoning with a broad smile.

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  104. tabby -  August 28, 2010 - 6:50 pm

    I prefer stray cats that can survive throughout their lives to fancy indoor pet cats.

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  105. kootah -  August 28, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    tom pala! ngaun ko lang alam.

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  106. Phillip L. -  August 28, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    Hedgehogs!

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  107. Pam -  August 28, 2010 - 4:53 pm

    I think prairie chickens, too!

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  108. Alley_Cat -  August 28, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    I’d like to know all the types of animals that live in a coven. I love the word coven. It would be lovely if I could use it in my writing.

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  109. Tricia -  August 28, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    Horses -afterall they have had more impact on the history of mankind than probably any other animal.

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  110. Joey -  August 28, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    Dogs are awesome. I want to know more about them too…

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  111. Kate -  August 28, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

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  112. Bibliophilea -  August 28, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Pill bugs or platypuses are my choice.

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  113. LGT -  August 28, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    Rabbits

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  114. Escombo -  August 28, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    “Many cultures share a version of the myth that cats have multiple lives. We often talk about cats having nine lives, while in some Spanish-speaking regions pusses are said to have seven.”

    Not just in “some Spanish-speaking regions”. I live in Brazil (a Portuguese-speaking country) and here we also say that cats have seven lives.
    Aside from that, cool article ;)

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  116. Jean -  August 28, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Mongooses

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  117. Cymast -  August 28, 2010 - 2:13 pm

    Narwhals!

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  118. NyaNyaNekochan -  August 28, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    =3 “Meow” in Japanese would be “Nya”, of course! ^^ I’d like to see narhwals investigated! ^_^ I think that would be really interesting!

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  119. Sarah -  August 28, 2010 - 1:48 pm

    The animal that I would like to see is the MEERKAT.

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  120. pheasant -  August 28, 2010 - 1:46 pm

    The Midwestern U.S. was “rid” of prairie chickens by marauding pioneers, leaving an ecological niche which some far-seeing ecologist of yester-year filled with Chinese pheasants. Can you tell us about that? I’ve admired the noble ring-neck for 50 years but have actually known so little. Can you help?

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  121. Brie -  August 28, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    Owls and narwhals both sound good. Any sort of hawk would be neat. What do you even call male and female hawks, anyways? And what’s the proper term for a male wolf? Thanks for listening, and if you awnser my questions, thanks for that, too.

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  122. Michael -  August 28, 2010 - 1:35 pm

    I have 3 indoor cats. I found this to be a very interesting and informative article.

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  123. Victor -  August 28, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    Owls.

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  124. mona -  August 28, 2010 - 1:16 pm

    wow.

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  125. Kim -  August 28, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    Unicorns.

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  126. Kim -  August 28, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    Narwhals

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  127. GWSTB -  August 28, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    Koalas. Definitely.

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  128. LLama77 -  August 28, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    LLamas!!!!

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  129. Hydi -  August 28, 2010 - 12:52 pm

    This is so intersting. I love these daily posts!

    Here are a few animal suggestions:
    Rats
    Mice
    Pandas
    Zebras
    Bats

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  130. Indy Grrrl -  August 28, 2010 - 12:43 pm

    Very informative. I loved reading this : )

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  131. Sarah -  August 28, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    lemurs

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  132. Eoin -  August 28, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    I hate cats. But I don’t hate this article.

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  133. Toni -  August 28, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    Skunks or snakes

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  134. Sam -  August 28, 2010 - 11:59 am

    Ferrets

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  135. Katrina -  August 28, 2010 - 11:58 am

    I’d like to see more information on skunks, too. :)

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  136. julianne -  August 28, 2010 - 11:56 am

    giant elephant shrews

    or…

    Amur Leopard (there are only 20-30 of these remarkably beautiful animals left in the wild. Its so sad)

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  137. ashleigh -  August 28, 2010 - 11:53 am

    Ocelot or aardvark

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  138. Kay from Toronto -  August 28, 2010 - 11:52 am

    I thought Tom was male in general. We also call the male turkeys Tom. Does that have a different origin?

    Clowder is fascinating! Other sources say the word kindle is also a group of cats, though some say kindle is used for a group of kittens.

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  139. knk -  August 28, 2010 - 11:52 am

    Hippopotamus

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  140. sherri -  August 28, 2010 - 11:33 am

    Pet skunks.

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