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house cat Syllabification: house cat

Definition of house cat in English:


1A domestic cat, especially one kept as a household pet: the most surprising thing they found is that the majority of the house cats weren’t hunters
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  • After reviewing an average of 37 hours of footage per cat, researchers found that 30% of the roaming house cats were successful in killing prey.
  • We found that house cats will kill a wide variety of animals, including: lizards, voles, chipmunks, birds, frogs, and small snakes.
  • Every moving object poses a danger to drivers, from tumbleweeds to house cats crossing the road at night.
1.1A pet cat that is kept exclusively indoors: it could be that Penelope is a house cat and isn’t used to being outdoors
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  • About three months ago the Gomez family's house cat escaped through an open door.
  • I should have made house cats out of them, even though they never had been when I rescued them.
  • This just underscores the fact that house cats are in grave danger when they're allowed outside the home.

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