kitty …. though I once had someone spell a word to me over the phone and begin it with “K as in cat”!
Although kitty is a shortening of the word kitten it is generally accepted as meaning a cat of any age, and according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word was first used ~1719.
We don’t have any pets. For many years I had fish but they don’t count in the cute and cuddly or man’s best friend categories. I go through stages of wanting something cute & cuddly but generally anything furry makes me sneeze and it would be cruel to have anything bigger than a chihuahua in our little courtyard especially in winter (nah, I wouldn’t really leave it out in winter).
But that doesn’t mean we do not have kitties… we just have the outdoor variety. Two alley cats in particular have taken a liking to our back deck – it’s a wonderfully sunny spot and they now laze about as if they own the place.
They used to scamper if they saw a shadow in the glass door but now they will watch me while I talk to them but the instant the door-handle moves so do they.