Learn English Vocabulary: CATS! ? ?

Hi, everyone. Welcome to my cat lesson. I
really love cats, so I’m excited to do this for you today. I’m going to read you a cat poem,
I’m going to talk about cat personalities, and I’m going to tell you some stories about
my old cat I used to have. Unfortunately, he’s dead now, but his name is Mr…. is/was
Mr Milo. So, I’ll let you know something about Mr Milo as we do the lesson. Let’s begin with a poem. This poem is about
cat behavior and also about how a cat changes as it gets older. I’ll
read it to you now. Listen, kitten, Get this clear, This is my chair. I sit here. Okay, kitty We can share; When I’m not home,
It’s your chair. Listen cat How about If I use it When you’re out? So, what happens in this poem is that as the
cat gets older, the cat’s behavior changes. At first, it’s a lovely, sweet kitten, and the
cat’s owner is in charge. The cat’s owner is still the boss, and the cat’s owner can
say: “This is my chair”, when the cat is a kitten; when it’s still a baby. Then, later, the power has changed between
the cat’s owner and the cat. Now, they share the chair; they sit together. The owner sits
with the cat, and when the owner goes out, then the cat can sit in the chair by itself.
This is when the cat has become a kitty. And then, later, when the cat has become an
adult, the power has completely changed and now the cat’s owner can’t sit in his own chair;
he has to ask his cat: “Is it okay if I sit in that chair that you like so
much?” when the cat has grown up. So, I really liked that poem about cats, because
I think that’s one of the main things about their personalities. Unlike a dog that respects
you as its master and will always look up to you, that’s not guaranteed with a cat. And
many cats, as they get older, become very powerful and more powerful
even than their owners. So let’s look at some cat words now. We’ve
got: “pussy” or “pussycat”. The word “pussy” can be a rude word. If we want to say… We
can still use it when we’re talking about cats, but we have to say it in a sweet way:
“pussy”. And we can say: “Here, pussy, pussy, pussy” to a cat. It does sound a little bit
funny, but you could still say it as kind of a joke or to be sweet. Another cat word is “moggy”. A moggy is a cat
that… It’s not a fancy cat, it’s maybe not a very attractive cat; it’s a mix of all
the different street cats around, and not a beautiful champion cat, but one
that you can still love very much. Next we have a “tom” or a “tomcat”. This is a
male cat. And we have also “pedigree cat”. “Pedigree” is a cat that has been bred to
look a certain way; to look beautiful. My cat, Mr Milo, was a pedigree cat. He was
a Persian cat. He was very, very beautiful, but he wasn’t very intelligent as a cat. And
perhaps it’s true that maybe moggies are more intelligent than… at least more intelligent
than Persian cats because they haven’t been so inbred to look beautiful. Okay, now let’s look at cat behavior. What
does a cat do in its general, daily life? First of all, a cat loves to nap. You will
often find a cat napping. For example, the cat may nap on a chair, it may nap on your
bed. Cats might also do some hunting during the day. So, watch out if there’s any wild
birds in your garden, or any mice that might be in your garden or in your house because
your cat will try to hunt that. Mr Milo was not very good at hunting. No, no, no. It was
quite funny. He lived for 17 years, he never caught a bird. He only managed to catch a
mouse that was already dying, so it couldn’t really… It couldn’t really run fast. And
Mr Milo was so proud that he… He put his paw on this already half-dead mouse, but that…
Mr Milo wasn’t… He wasn’t much of an aggressive cat. He was just, you know, he was good at
looking beautiful, and that was all he did really. Cats also like to groom. “Grooming” is when
they lick their… Lick their fur to stay clean. Cats also like to purr. [Purrs] That’s
how Mr Milo would purr. It was often quite annoying, because he always wanted to do it
right there next to your neck, so you would get the feeling of the claws coming out, and
also wet-cat breath on your neck and in your ear. [Purrs] And you would try to push him
away, but he always came back to do more. So, it was… It was nice but
also annoying about him. Cats meow. Mr Milo would meow something like
this: “[Meows]”. He was a whiner. He didn’t… He didn’t meow very loud, but he wouldn’t
stop meowing if he wanted food; you’d have to give it to him. Next we’ve got “scratching”. I already mentioned
when Mr Milo purred, he would scratch you on your neck. But cats also scratch on their
scratching posts or on furniture. They have to do that to keep
their claws short. Cats will also swish their tails. I’m not
sure what that means. I think they can swish their tails in different moods. In some cats,
sometimes I think it means they’re a bit angry if they swish their tail, and it could also
mean that they want to hunt something. Let me know in the comments if you
know why a cat swishes its tail. Next, let’s look at cat adjectives. How can we
describe the personality of cats in general? First, we’ve got “independent”. Cats are different
to dogs, of course, because they go outside on their own. They go and have adventures
outside. Some cats go out for a long time, some cats go very far, they like to travel,
and they’re independent because they don’t go out in a group with other cats. If you
ever see dogs or street dogs, they are happy to be in a pack together and they like to…
Not all the time, but they often like to walk the streets together with other dogs; whereas
cats, they’ll generally walk around alone, although they might like to nap or sit near
other cats sometimes. But I don’t think they plan it, like they’re all going to
go out together at the same time. Next, cats are intelligent. People argue about
this one because they say dogs are intelligent because you can teach them tricks, you can
teach them to give you their paw and you can teach them to bark, so people say cats aren’t
intelligent like dogs because they don’t do tricks. But the thing is: Cats wouldn’t be
interested in doing tricks for you. They… They don’t want to be controlled by you in
that way, I suppose. So, I think cats are intelligent, but in the way that it’s how
they look at you sometimes. They look at you like they understand your deep psychology
or your flaws, so they have a certain kind of intelligence that’s different to dogs.
Maybe dogs can do stuff if you teach them, but cats already know stuff. Now, also, cats are mysterious. If you think
about it, when cats go outside, you don’t always know where they go. Now, Mr Milo, when
he was about two years old, one day he just left and he didn’t come back. He went travelling.
And we put up some posters around the local area to try to get Mr Milo back, obviously,
because he’s our cat and we loved him very, very much, so we wanted
to get him back. And it was actually a few weeks later, but
somebody called… Called up and said: “I think that I’ve spotted your cat, and your
cat’s in my neighbour’s garden.” And this woman… The neighbour was a mad cat lady,
and she would attract all the cats in the neighbourhood to her garden. And then the
cats would choose to go and live at her house instead. So, Mr Milo left us
to go to the mad cat lady. We went to the house to get Mr Milo back,
and although he looked the same-he had the long fur, same eye colour-when we got him
back it was like his whole personality had changed in the time that he was living in
this other house. And it… It took a few weeks for him to get back to the old Mr Milo.
But that’s an example of how mysterious they can be. You know, we will never know if he
wanted to leave us, or he just walked too far and got lost. He’ll keep it a secret forever,
and I think many cats do that. They don’t want you to know
everything about them. Cats are also curious. We have a phrase: “Curiosity
killed the cat.” I had another cat when I was younger, but unfortunately, that cat died
when it was very young; less than a year old. And curiosity literally killed that cat. That
cat was eating a stick. I don’t know why it decided to eat a stick. It must have thought:
“What’s this? I want to put it in my mouth”, and then it choked on the… On the stick.
It was very sad because nobody found it when it was struggling. But if… If the cat wasn’t so
curious and interested to find out things-“Oh, what’s this stick?”-maybe he would
have lived for much longer. Next, cats are choosy. “Choosy” means they…
If there’s something… Choosy in the sense that you like this, but you don’t like that.
There’s some people you like, some people you don’t like, and cats are very much like
that. If a cat… If you think… If you try to call a cat, often it doesn’t come to you,
and cats will avoid some people that come to your house; but other people they’ll really
like, and they’ll come up and want to jump on their lap. So, in that sense…
In that sense, a cat is choosy. Next, cats are playful. Mr Milo wasn’t really
that playful. If… The most excited he would get is to maybe do this a few times; but some
cats like to jump, play with string, go crazy, roll on the floor, and they do exciting things
when they’re kittens. Cats are also affectionate. Some cats; some cats are not. They like to
sit in your lap, they like to purr for you, they like to come and walk by your legs.
So, in that way, they’re affectionate. Cats are disloyal. I’m not sure if they are
disloyal because I don’t think they are doing it on purpose to leave you. For example, when
Mr Milo went away and left us, maybe he was just having an adventure. It wasn’t because
he said: “I don’t like this food that you’re giving me anymore. I’m going
away to the mad cat lady.” And if we think about dogs, here, it can help
us understand because a dog, if… Some people, unfortunately, beat their dogs or hit them
and they shout at them really badly, but the dog will always come and be friends again
with its master. You can treat a dog very badly, and they will always come back and love
you; whereas cats, they will make a decision about where they live – if it’s good for them,
they will say; but if it’s not good for them, they might leave and they’ll go to somebody
else who feeds it or somebody else who takes it in the house. So, in that… In that way,
they are disloyal because they won’t stay forever, if you
treat them badly. But I think “disloyal” is a strong… Is a
too strong word. It makes it seem like the cat is just waiting to leave you at any time,
and I don’t think that’s quite true about it. They just… They’re able to move on;
whereas, for dogs, it’s harder for them to do that. If you think about cats, if somebody
dies or they can’t keep their cat anymore because they’re moving house or moving to a
different country, the cat can go to another house and adapt very, very quickly. Dogs can do
that, but it takes them longer to be comfortable in a new home. Next, we have “lazy”. What do you think? Do
you think cats are lazy? Obviously they sleep a lot, and I suppose they’re not very busy;
they don’t have a lot to do. So, unless they do lots of hunting, it can seem like cats
are lazy. And on those days where you feel a little bit tired and you go and have a sleep,
usually in the afternoon, that’s when we take a cat nap. When we feel lazy like
the cat, we go and have a cat nap. And the last adjective to describe a cat is
“timid”. “Timid” means the opposite of brave. When you’re timid, if you hear a noise, a bang
– you run away. Some cats are very timid; some cats, if they meet a new person, they’ll
stay on the other side of the room or they’ll always run away from them. Mr Milo wasn’t
very timid; he was just more calm. He was a calm kind of cat. I think he was maybe not
that intelligent, that he wasn’t scared by so many things because he didn’t
understand what they were. So, there we are. Thank you for watching my
cat lesson. I have a quiz for you to do now on everything we’ve learned today.
Thank you for watching. Meow. I forgot something – a story I wanted
to tell… I forgot a story that I wanted to tell you. Mr Milo, I loved him so much,
he was my cat. When I got that cat, I was 11 years old, and in my family nobody had had
a cat before, so we didn’t… All right, it’s not the hardest thing in the world to
take care of a cat, but we didn’t really know. And my Mom, she bought me a book about caring
for your Persian cat. And Persian cats, they have long hair. Don’t know where she got this
book from, but it said that to take good care of your Persian cat, you have to
give it a bath one time a week. And because I loved him so much, that’s what
I decided needed to happen to Mr Milo every week. Now, this might explain why he wasn’t a
very intelligent cat; it may have been some kind of trauma that I was responsible for.
So, what would happen: Mr Milo’s bath time, he would get in the water and he would go…
He would reduce size and become this skinny, little bone; all his fluff is gone, and he’s,
like, shaking in the bath like that. Tries to jump out, every time he tries to jump out
– nope. And I’m 11 or… 11 or just 12. And I love him so much, he must have this bath and
have shampoo and everything, but it doesn’t end there. The next step is then to go onto my window
ceil in my bedroom and be blow-dried with a hairdryer really loud and very, very close
to his skin, potentially burning him. Okay, I know this was wrong now, but when I was
11 I thought that was love for my cat. So, he would be on the window sill, and he would
try to run to one side so he could jump off, and the hairdryer would follow him, so then
he would try to run to the other side to jump off, and I’d follow him with a hairdryer.
And so this would happen every single week until somebody told me: “You’re not supposed
to do that to cats. I don’t think he likes it”, and then I stopped torturing him and
making him look beautiful. So, there’s my story. Thanks for watching.

86 thoughts on “Learn English Vocabulary: CATS! ? ?

  1. Perfect you are really fantastic, I am waiting all ways a new video from you. Thanks again for everything. Regard and big Kiss for you

  2. Perhaps Mr Milo left because of the bathing and hairdrying. Great lesson about cat. Didn't you have any dog ?

  3. Daimn yo you look bit out of energy or is it just me? I hop you are doing great, keep up the great work and stay glowing eh!

  4. Poor Mr.Milo! ? I have the same kind of story to tell you.☺️when I was 8, I had two white mice.?? I gave them a bath in a small “open box” and… they died in the water. I was so sad. ?I’m still traumatized by this story, I wish someone explain me before what can will happen. ??? Sorry, RIP TOM & JERRY !!! ? Hi from Vietnam Teacher ???

  5. Great topic?!
    Cats are swishing they tails fully when they are hunting/in a hunting mood or when angry (they ears are close to they head then). When they are just swishing with just the tip of they tail, it means they are content??.
    Also, our cat fell into deep depression when left for just two weeks with some other family, took him a few months to be as trustful as before and forgive us… Then we took him all the way to the UK and he become himself after less than week. So he cares?!

  6. Jade, we can see how much you loved your cat. Thank you for sharing! I have three cats myselsef and the older is now 17 too. It's quite hard sometimes to put up with him, 'cause he's so demanding, but your lesson brought me a good inspiration. I know you took good care of your Mr. Millow, since he had such a long life. Maybe soon you'll be chosen to upbgring another kitten? I hope so. Carry on with your affection. Sincerely, Dea, from Brazil ♥️

  7. my Tiko cat swishing his tail when he is Curious, happy and if he afraid; he but his tail between his legs… if he is angry or fighting with another cat 🙂 with lots of howling and yowling

  8. Hello Jade. What a wonderful and inspiring lesson!. I do have three cats and loved this new vocabulary and you experience. I am a Spanish teacher living in brazil and you have inspired me to do a similar video about cats in Spanish. Geeting from Brasilia. Carlos

  9. Listening your story, I feel how you are missing Mr. Milo. Perhaps sometimes you wait for his return. But it will not embody in life. Never
    Very tearful story??

  10. Kitty tails tell wild tales.
    Tales from the wild where kitties usually …prevail.
    The posterior's extreme extremity that it is…
    …. an inscrutable serpent…tracing mystery within.
    Kitties are smart…and kitties are fast…faster than eyes…
    faster than lies…faster than spies.
    And just when one postures…postures to strike…
    … kitty saw through …that other mind's eyes.
    If one tunnels through tip of a kitty tail…along its path to the kitty grail…
    …the feline center where kitties prevail…
    …the feline Spirit where tails do tell…
    …of creatures too tender to otherwise fail…

  11. This video was very funny ! Tail swishing can say many things : it depends how it's swishing. For example if it's all the tail that swish, it's mean : "Go away, you're annoying !". Or if it's just the terminal part of the tail it's more "I'm happy".
    Thank you for these cats imitation.

  12. Ohh, I saw some tears at the end… I'm sure he'd had a good life with you and your family no matter the traumas, and I'm also sure he loved you guys. Thanks for sharing all this things with us. You're an amazing teacher!

  13. It's ok Jade, you were a child and you didn't know you were "torturing" your cat. I always had my neighbor's cat at my home because her little kids "tortured" that poor cat grabing her tail, holding her from the belly etc etc.

  14. Hi Jade. Do you remember doing a video about "couldn't possibly" expression in a sentence like: "I couldn't possibly impose". I've found the explanation online but I don't feel I fully understand it. Thank you, for doing great work. I love your channel.

  15. This is so crazy because in Brazil we have the same phrase: "The curiosity killed that cat" in portuguese "A curiosidade matou o gato" this things had your origin in the tower of babbel or something ? cause' exist in a lot of language.

  16. Hello Jade. My cat puts his tail upright when he asks for food or to open the door to go outside. He waves his tail right and left when he is in a playful mood or when he is hunting birds. I think cats use body movements and sounds trying to talk to us.

  17. So you were a bit like Elmyra of the Tiny Toons when you were a kid? "I love kittens, I love kitties, squeeze them into itty bittys!".:D I love cats too, but I don't like having pets, because when they die, a part of you dies along with them.

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