Nowadays, many people like having cats as pets because cats can always stay at home without going out for a walk. This suits the living style of busy Hong Kong people. Cats were assumed to be arrogant in the old days, but they can also be very clingy.


Let’s learn the following idioms related to cats!


1. Fat cat

Someone who has a lot of money, especially someone in charge of a company


The businessman was described as a fat cat due to the huge bonus he got.


2. Cool cat

Someone who is funny, cool and entertaining


He is such a cool cat that lots of girls have a crush on him.


3. Like a cat on a hot tin roof

Very agitated or anxious


My sister has been like a cat on a hot tin roof for the whole day, waiting for the result of university entrance exam.


4. Let the cat out of the bag

Reveal a secret carelessly or by mistake


I am really sorry that I did not mean to let the cat out of the bag.


5. Play cat and mouse

To try to defeat someone by tricking that person into making a mistake so that you have an advantage over them


The writer has played cat and mouse with the press for an entire month.


6. Look like the cat that got the cream

Someone looks very proud or satisfied about something he or she has done


The student looked like the cat that got the cream after winning a prize.


7. Enough to make a cat laugh

Extremely ridiculous or ironic


I don’t think it is feasible. The idea is enough to make a cat laugh.



Isn’t it interesting for English to be such diversifying? There are many idioms about cats!