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Rhyme or Reason

Welcome to Lynda Ward’s ‘Rhyme or Reason’, a regular column devoted to feline related sayings, poems, rhymes, limericks and ditties (these can be by you, or even by your cat or another animal)

. You’ll receive a free 2kg bag of James Wellbeloved premium cat food if your item is published (5kg if it’s chosen as the ‘Star Turn’) and it can relate to any aspect of cats and cat ownership. So don’t delay, start racking your brains for those serious, funny or wise words!

Contributions should be e-mailed to Lynda at lyndaward@pettradesolutions.com faxed to 01773 540703 or posted to Lynda Ward, c/o Our Cats, with your full postal address.


Two little kittens
Two little kittens, one stormy night,
Began to quarrel and then to fight.
One had a mouse, the other had none,
And that’s the way the quarrel begun.
(P. McEwan, South Normanton)

The Kilkenny Cats
There wanst was two cats of Kilkenny
And aich thought there was wan cat too many
So they quarrelled and fit
And they scratched and they bit
Till barin’ their nails
And the tips of their tails
Instead of two cats there warn’t any!
(P. Sharp, Warren Wood)

Nursery Rhyme
As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, wives,
How many were going to St Ives?
(A. Hitchen, Beeston)

Did you know?
Dr Samuel Johnson, the most famous writer in 18th century England, and son of a bookseller, had a cat called Hodge.

He used to feed Hodge on extravagant treats like oysters, but didn’t like to ask the servants to run the errand of buying them as he was afraid it would make them dislike the cat!