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'International Cats Day' 🐈‍⬛ 8th August




This week's virtual 'CST Friendship Group' has a theme of 'Cats', as 'International Cat' is on 8th August.


We asked members to come to the virtual group with either their cat or other pet, or a photograph of them. We then discussed who is a 'cat person' or a 'dog person', or who indeed doesn't like either.


We discussed the good things about cats:


- Their affection

- Their purrs and miaows

- Their fluffy coats

- Their independence

- Being able to leave them for a time.


And the not so good things:


- Bringing in birds and mice

- Scrams

- Fur balls

- Um, scenting

- Cleaning the litter tray

- They are the boss!


People also mentioned cats' reactions to Catnip!




We then listed as many breeds of cat as we could ...


Siamese, Maine Coon, Persian, Burmese, Manx, Tabby etc

Lion, Tiger, Cougar, Puma, Leopard, Jaguar etc




IDIOMS


Next, we completed these well known phrases about cats together:



- Fight Like Cat And DOG (Have a scrap)


- Raining Cats And DOGS (Hammering down)


- (Like) Herding CATS (Keep still!)


- (There’s) More Than One Way to Skin A CAT (Choose an alternative path)


- (To Put the) Cat Among(st) the PIGEONS (cause an argument)


- A Cat Has Nine LIVES (old saying)


- Have a cat NAP (short afternoon sleep)


- A Scaredy-CAT (frightened)


- Not enough room to swing a CAT (small house)


- Has the cat got your TONGUE (shy)


- Play Cat-and-MOUSE (chase)


- Cool for CATS (dude)


- 'Curiosity Killed The CAT' (80s pop group)


- Fat CAT (banker)


- Cat's CRADLE (children's game with string)


- Cat BURGLAR (thief)


- Let the Cat Out of the BAG (tell a secret)


- Like The Cat That Got The CREAM (pleased with yourself)


- Look What the Cat Dragged IN (dishevelled appearance)


- Not A Cat In Hell’s CHANCE (the odds are low)


- Who’s She, the Cat’s MOTHER? (bossy)


- While the cat's away the MOUSE WILL PLAY (taking advantage)


- Puss in BOOTS (pantomime)


- A leopard never changes his SPOTS (it's impossible to change your character)


- King of the JUNGLE








MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ


We then moved on to our picture and music quiz.

(If you click on the first photo, a slide show will open.)




Round 1. Name The Children's TV Cats




Name the cat and the policeman? TV intro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NToYkBYezZA&t=6s


Name the cat and his owner? TV intro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU8y66exzCo&t=35s


Name the cat and the postman? TV intro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiFNt8nGffA


Name the cat and mouse? TV intro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cu0KOzunpI


Name the cartoon cat and dog? TV intro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR_mFRE6qKc


Name the child safety advert cat? Advert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3FnCiRpdQ4


Name the cat and breakfast cereal? ("They're great!") TV advert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU8qXkNzogw


Name the cat and detective? TV intro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bii-PIGprv8


Name the cat? Guess when he was created?


Name the cat? Which day does he hate?


Name the cat? Which comic did he feature in?


Name the cat and bird?





SONG BREAK. 'I Tawt I Taw A Puddy-Tat', Mel Blanc - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38aDWDUjlOY )


What type of bird is it?





ROUND 2. Famous People & Their Cats


Name these famous cat lovers ...




Clues:


'All About Eve', 1950

'Some Like It Hot', 1959

'Cleopatra', 1963

One of the 'Fab Four'

'Thriller', 1982

A cheeky little 'Monkee'

"Live long and prosper"

'Saturday Night Fever', 1977

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman"

'Shawshank Redemption', 1994

'Aladdin Sane', 1973

'The Office'





SONG BREAK. 'Everybody Wants To Be A Cat', 'The Aristocats' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rrXR6n0RTY


Name these two cats?





ROUND 3. Name The TV Show / Movie / Book




Clues:


"Follow the yellow brick road"

Miss Holly Golightly

Hayley Mills

Dr Evil & Mr Bigglesworth

Cheshire Cat

Tigger

Shere Khan

Clarence, the cross-eyed lion

Blofeld

Dr Seuss

Aslan

Mufasa & Nala





SONG BREAK. 'Circle Of Life', Elton John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga-ijQP0KxY


What was the father's name?





ROUND 4. Name The Real Life Cats & Cat People




Name the 'Kattomeat' cat?

Name the 'Blue Peter' cat? Name the presenter?

Name the 10 Downing Street cat? Name the PM?

Name the 'Born Free' lioness? Name the naturalist who wrote the book?

Name the Egyptian cat?

Name the 'Cats' cat? Who wrote the book?

Name the James Bond character & the actress?

Name the 'Batman' character & the actress?

Name the character & actress who was always concerned about her pussy? Name the TV sitcom?

Name the actors from 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof', 1958

Name the caretaker & his cat from the 'Harry Potter' movies?

Name the actor and the cat from 'Meet The Parents', 2000






This is a great Christmas advert. Ask members to watch and enjoy it.





SONG BREAK. 'Born Free', Matt Monroe - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISWOrI0WaLs


Who founded the 'Born Free Foundation'?







You could then read these rhymes together, as an opportunity for long-term memory recall.




FINAL SONGS


Which maybe could be used whilst colouring in some images of cats borrowed from the web.








'What's New Pussycat', Tom Jones - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFcRDLRvY8E


'Year Of The Cat', by Al Stewart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak_MTXQALa0











PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES



You could have a go at making a 'Cat's Cradle'. Here is an instructive video -




Alternatively, have a go at making some 'Cute Origami Cats'. Here's another video -





FYI, there are several more varieties available on YouTube!



Or, you could try and work out this riddle together ....





ANSWERS



Round 1


Top Cat & Officer Dibble


Bagpuss & Emily


Postman Pat & Jess


Tom & Jerry


Roobarb & Custard


"Charlie says"


Tony The Tiger


Pink Panther & Inspector Clousseau


Felix / 1919 (in the silent movie era)


Garfield / Mondays


Korky / 'The Dandy'


Sylvester & Tweety Pie


Yellow Canary




Round 2


Bette Davies


Marilyn Monroe


Elizabeth Taylor


John Lennon


Michael Jackson


Davy Jones


Leonard Nimoy


John Travolta


Bill Clinton


Morgan Freeman


David Bowie


Ricky Gervais


Duchess & Thomas O'Malley




Round 3


'The Wizard Of Ox', 1939 / The cowardly lion who wanted courage


'Breakfast At Tiffany's', 1961 / Cat


'That Darn Cat', 1965 / D.C.


'Austin Powers', 1997


'Alice's Adventures In Winderland', Lewis Carroll, 1865


'Winnie The Pooh', A.A. Milne, 1926


'The Jungle Book', Rudyard Kipling, 1894


'Daktari'


'From Russia With Love', 1963


'The Cat In The Hat', Dr Seuss, 1957


'The Chronicles Of Narnia', C.S. Lewis, 1950


'The Lion King', 1994


Mufasa




Round 4


Arthur


Jason & Valerie Singleton


Larry


Joy Adamson & Elsa


The Sphynx


'Cats', Elaine Paige (based on 'Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats', 1939, T.S Eliot)


Pussy Galore / Honor Blackman (with Sean Connery) in 'Goldfinger', 1964


Eartha Kitt as 'Cat Woman'


Mrs Slocombe / Molly Sugden in 'Are You Bring Served?'


Paul Newman & Elizabeth Taylor


Filch & Mrs Norris


Robert DeNiro & Mr Jinx


Virginia McKenna (who played Joy Adamson in the movie)



Manx

Siamese

Tabby

Tortoiseshell

Burmese



50. 'It's Not - UNUSUAL'

'Green, Green - GRASS OF HOME'

'D-ELILAH'

'Help - YOURSELF'

'She's A - LADY'

'Sex - BOMB'



51. Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. 2020 is a year of the Rat



52. T.S. Elliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' (1939)



53. Kitten & Litter




ST IVES RIDDLE


The answer is 1 - only the man was going to St Ives!


















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