Happy Cat Month

Happy Cat Month!
In Finnish if you’re taking a long time to get to the point you are “kiertää kuin kissa kuumaa puuroa” – pacing around hot porridge like a cat

September is Happy Cat month, at least according to the CATalyst Council,  a coalition of the veterinary community, academia, nonprofits, industry and animal welfare organizations. 

Well cats should be happy – they get nine lives (in Turkish as well as English – “kedi dokuz hayatları kedisi var” and land on their feet.  Unless they’re Italian cats, in which case they only get seven lives “Avere sette vite come i gatti”  Cat idioms crop up across the world.  In Finnish if you’re taking a long time to get to the point you are said to be “kiertää kuin kissa kuumaa puuroa” – pacing around hot porridge like a cat. 

And the link between cats and not speaking isn’t limited to Finnish.  In English and Spanish we ask a silent person if the cat has got their tongue – “¿Se te ha comido la lengua el gato?” And in French your husky voice is down to a cat in the throat “Avoir un chat dans la gorge”.  Then there are things we do to cats that would make them very unhappy – In French if you have other things to do you have other cats to whip “J'ai d'autres chats à fouetter !”; in English if you have a difficult problem to solve you may reflect that “there’s more than one way to skin a cat”; and if you’re feeling cooped up you are like a cat in the house all day (整天猫在屋里), according to the Chinese.

Sources: 

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/07/call-a-cat-a-cat/ 

https://catalystcouncil.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/738/

http://omniglot.com/language/idioms/index.php

https://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/cat-idioms