15 Words for Kitten in Different Languages that Will Make Your Heart Explode
You don't think kittens can get any cuter? We're about to prove you wrong! Here are ways to say kitten in a bunch of different languages.
Everything about kittens is cute. Their fluffy faces, little legs, huge eyes, tiny squeaks for meows—they are just so innocent and pure! It’s almost hard to imagine kittens getting much cuter than they already are. But have you heard the word kitten in any other language than English? If you haven’t, you may want to take a deep breath and pray that your heart won’t give out. Kittens are about to get a whole lot cuter.
- Gatito — Spanish: A little gato! Did you know that a gatito ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013? According to BuzzFeed, his name was Morris.
- Chaton — French: As one great chaton said, “Ladies do not start fights, but they can finish them!”
- Xiǎo māo (小猫) — Mandarin (Chinese): Māo means cat and xiǎo means little! In the ancient Chinese Book of Rites, a story about a cat goddess named Li Shou teaches how humans came to inherit the Earth and how they must responsibly rule over the creatures within it.
- Kotě — Czech: This word is pronounced “kote-ye” in English. Another Czech word for a female kitten is kočička. The č is pronounced “ch.”
- Kätzchen — German: This word kind of sounds like the noise kittens make when they sneeze. Gesundheit, kätzchen!
- Kassipoeg — Estonian: Kassipoeg is a word that feels like it needs a song built around it, don’t you think? In medieval times, Estonians in the capital city of Tallinn supposedly used cats to ward off the demons they thought resided in the bottom of the city well. Nowadays, the stray cats of Tallinn are kept well fed by generous members of society.
- Kuting — Tagalog (Filipino): More like, “cute-ing,” amiright?
- Kettlingur — Icelandic: According to Deadline, Iceland has a live web show called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians which follows the day-to-day lives of four rescue kittens, Guoni, Stubbur, Briet and Ronja. The show was made to promote cat adoption and is funded by the Icelandic Cat Protection Society. The kittens live in a large dollhouse riddled with cameras so viewers can see what they’re up to 24/7. Now that’s our kind of reality TV.
- Koneko (子猫) — Japanese: Ironically, in 2013 the Scottish Fold kitten won the top slot for the best loved cat in Japan. Japan’s own Japanese Bobtail came in 10th in the ranking! Side note: There's an island called Aoshima or "Cat Island" in Japan, and yes, it’s covered in cats.
- Katjie — Afrikaans: In South Africa, in addition to lions, leopards, and cheetahs, there are four breeds of small wild cats—the African Wild Cat, the Black-Footed Cat, the Caracal, and the Serval.
- Yavru kedi — Turkish: According to the Smithsonian Magazine website, in 2004, archeologists unearthed an almost 10,000-year-old cat skeleton buried alongside a human on the island of Cyprus. This finding led historians to believe that domestication of cats occurred around 10,000-12,000 years ago. Humans and cats have been buds for quite some time!
- Anak kucing — Indonesian: Many cats in Indonesia don't have tails! Although there are many old wives’ tales about why Indonesian cats have stubby tails, most generally accept that it's a genetic mutation that's spread amongst the feral cat population.
- Hirra (هِرّة) — Arabic: Come here, hirra! Domestic cats are a revered animal in Islam culture, admired for their cleanliness, and allowed to enter homes and even mosques as a result.
- γατάκι — Greek: Similar to Japan, Greece has its own version of Cat Island. Mykonos, an island in the Cyclades, is home to the Aegean cat, a breed only found in Greece. The majority of cats on Mykonos are strays but are cared for by the island’s residents. There’s also an organization called Mykonos Animal Welfare which was founded to care for the health and well-being of the island’s cats.
- Billi ka bachcha (बिल्ली का बच्चा) — Hindi: The literal translation is more along the lines of “cat of infant,” but you get the idea!
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