What are some examples of fictional cats

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About 13.7 million cats live in Germany. International World Cat Day on August 8th of each year is dedicated to them. Many people in the Rhineland also enjoy their furry flatmates every day, who were already very popular in ancient Egypt. They were worshiped there as protection against mice that could attack the valuable grain. This cult can still be recognized today by old drawings in pyramids, the cat goddess Bastet and the Sphinx. But pets were not only popular in ancient Egypt, so cats are characters in numerous comics (Garfield, Tom and Jerry) and children's books (Findus the cat in Petterson and Findus) or real "media stars": Grumpy Cat, for example, became famous for having the Seems to be the grumpiest cat in the world and Choupette made it famous thanks to her late owner Karl Lagerfeld. The phenomenon of a fictional Japanese character in the form of a cat - Hello Kitty - has tens of millions of fans worldwide.

In the Rhenish dialects, one says above the Benrath lineKatte, south of this isogloss is the name of the animal cat. The phonetic difference is based on the second sound shift: While the dialects north of the Benrath line the older, unshifted t received (as well as the English cat or the Dutch cat), indicate the dialects south of this isogloss tz, as in High German.

The cat also plays a role in many idioms: Buy the pig in a poke, play cat and mouse or Let the cat out of the bag are just a few familiar phrases. There are also numerous examples in the dialect, they are listed in the Rhenish dictionary:

He falls like de K. op de Ben (Föss, Pöt) ('He falls on his feet like a cat (feet, butt)', general)

De K. well ok en long tail hawwe! ('The cat also wants a long tail!'; Rees-Wesel)

at is like en K. - ('he walks like a cat'; Geldern-Issum)

Op en angermoel lehn ech dech de K., die kommp va selver who! ('Another time I'll lend you the cat, it'll come back by itself!', South Lower Franconian, Ripuarian)

The K. wellt och en breadwursch han (crit se avver net)!- ('The cat wanted a bratwurst too, but can't get it!'; Ripuarian)

He fend (krit) de K. en de Pott (en et Döppe).- ('He finds (gets) the cat in the pot.'; Berg, Düren, Jülich, Monschau, Aachen, Southern Lower Franconia, Kleverland)

There wöl ech, that all K. Köh say!- ('I wanted all cats to be cows!'; Berg, Geldern)

These examples make it clear how diverse the expressions with cats are. They can be used both in relation to individual parts of the body or characteristics of the cat, as an expression of surprise or as instruction.

Sarah Puckert