Cats have lived with humans for thousands of years, originally to control rodents like mice and rats, but more recently just as companions. As a result, there are many idioms and proverbs with cats. Animal idioms are hard to translate, though, because different nationalities have different views on the world around them. In French, I sometimes hear:
J’ai d’autres chats à fouetter (I have other cats to whip)
Your typical Briton would be horrified at this senseless brutality, and would use the expression, ‘I have other fish to fry’ (j’ai d’autres poissons à frire).
And if you told an Englishman that you had a cat in your throat (un chat dans la gorge), he would either call an ambulance or a psychiatric hospital. In English we say ‘a frog in your throat’ (une grenouille), because of the croaky noise that animal makes.
Here are a few more cat idioms. Try to complete them with the correct word.