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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


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


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 -

Name the cat and his owner? TV intro -

Name the cat and the postman? TV intro -

Name the cat and mouse? TV intro -

Name the cartoon cat and dog? TV intro -

Name the child safety advert cat? Advert -

Name the cat and breakfast cereal? ("They're great!") TV advert -

Name the cat and detective? TV intro -

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 - )

What type of bird is it?

ROUND 2. Famous People & Their Cats

Name these famous cat lovers ...


'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' -

Name these two cats?

ROUND 3. Name The TV Show / Movie / Book


"Follow the yellow brick road"

Miss Holly Golightly

Hayley Mills

Dr Evil & Mr Bigglesworth

Cheshire Cat


Shere Khan

Clarence, the cross-eyed lion


Dr Seuss


Mufasa & Nala

SONG BREAK. 'Circle Of Life', Elton John -

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 -

Who founded the 'Born Free Foundation'?

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


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

'What's New Pussycat', Tom Jones -

'Year Of The Cat', by Al Stewart -


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 ....


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


'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


Round 4


Jason & Valerie Singleton


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)






50. 'It's Not - UNUSUAL'

'Green, Green - GRASS OF HOME'



'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


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


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