I was always told not to use the female for a cat as it is very vulgar in French

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Wendy

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23 June 2018

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I was always told not to use the female for a cat as it is very vulgar in French

This question relates to:
French lesson "Names for domestic animals are often different for male, female and baby"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

26 June 2018

26/06/18

Hi Wendy,

It's all about context. There are a lot of words in French (as in English) which have sexual connotations. It is however in the eye (or ear) of the beholder .

There is absolutely nothing wrong with referring to your female cat as 'chatte'.

Hope this helps!

Johanna

Kwiziq community member

16 November 2018

16/11/18

Thank you. This has been a topic of much discussion in my local French club. 

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