In 2010, I began writing Cat Fur to Make Kitten Britches just for fun, for the love of writing, and to document some of the stuff I was up to. The title of this blog is just a sort of nonsensical phrase that my step-grandmother used to use, usually in response to the question “What for?” from one of us kids when she asked us to do something. What for (fur)? Cat fur to make kitten britches, of course! And it just so happens that I love cats!

This blog was intended to be about everything and nothing, all at once. It ended up being a sort of online journal of my kids’ childhoods. which feels like a little time capsule of that era now.

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  1. My Dad used to say “Wigwam for a goose’s bridle”.
    I looked up the link to Cat fur to make kitten britches and found out that it means exactly the same thing!

  2. Too funny – I’ve never heard that one! (Though I’m sure a lot of people have never heard the ‘cat fur….’ expression either.)

  3. This is my first time here at your blog, and it was nice to read this prompt to get to know you better.

  4. I love this! I feel the same way when I land on blogs that list the many different places they’ve been published. I don’t know…maybe someday.

    And I also hate swimming when I can’t see the bottom. Creeps me out.

    • Big thanks to you & your writing prompt for inspiring me to revamp this page – it was just the motivation I needed.

      Regarding the publishing….yeah, someday….you never know, right?!?!

      Thanks for visiting! Love your writing prompts! You’ve got a good thing going with that; keep it up!

  5. Really enjoyed reading your blog. So well written.

  6. Sam –
    I can’t tell you how happy I am that we’ve made this random, serendipitous reconnection! Thanks for getting in touch – and we need to do a better job at staying in touch this time around!

    All the best to you and your family ~

  7. Rhonda Love said:

    Love your new “About Me” page! You are such a good listener. A skill I cannot claim for myself! And I so love that your spices are alphabetized. I don’t feel so alone in the world knowing that! In case you couldn’t tell yet, I love your blog! Thanks for writing it, friend!

    • Thank you, Rhonda, for your kind comment; your words are so sweet! And thanks for being such a loyal reader/commenter! Here is a cyberhug for now; I’ll give you a real one next time I see you!

      I am not at all surprised that you can appreciate alphabetized spices. Great minds think alike, no?!?!

  8. hi Christy,
    chanced upon your blog when googling “turning 40”. no prizes for guessing my age :O)
    have a boy aged 9, girl is 4. agree with you that Oprah had it easy :O)
    enjoyed your writings… so please do keep it coming k?
    CK…from sunny Singapore

  9. Thanks so much, CK! Nice to ‘meet’ you, and glad you enjoyed reading.


    P.S. Are birthday greetings in order?!!

  10. Hi Christy, I use to live in Chicago on southwest side (close to midway) some 15 years ago. Still go there once in a while. Nice job and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  11. Hi, I was looking for a Nutella recipe & saw “Cat fur to make kitchen britches”. I am 63 yrs old, my dad used to answer our childhood questions with “Cat fur to make kitten britches,” which drove us crazy. That was probably payback for driving HIM crazy with our questions! Haven’t heard that expression from anyone else til now. Thanks!

    • Yep, that’s how my step-grandmother used to use that expression, too! Which would, of course, make all of us roll our eyes in exasperation! “Can I have another piece of pie?” “No, you may not.” “But why??” “Cat fur to make kitten britches, that’s why!” Gah. Maddening when you are 8 years (or so) old!

      Thanks for stopping by, Jeanette!

  12. “Car fur to make kitten britches”….wow not heard that since today, I said it to my 20 year old granddaughter. She asked me what it meant, told her my mom said it all the time. My mom grew up on a small farm, then in a small town in Bluffs, Illinois. It would be interesting to see if the memories of this saying all have a similar beginning by territory or trade. My grandparents were from Germany. My mom recited a great deal of poetry she grew up with and entertained us on many of road trips. My downfall was that I did not copy them or memorize them except the Mighty Oak Tree. For some reason I feel there is a poem to go with the saying cat fur…… Another saying from the same time frame, as I am 61 yoa, is “nic com poop”, which also came with a knuckle-flick to the head. Oddly enough, I just heard that on the T.V. during a commercial. I am pretty sure it meant short of calling me on not using my “knodgim” (my head) . Thank you for refreshing memories.

    • Thanks, Debbie ~ the more I’ve come to learn about this expression, the more convinced I am that it is a highly localized saying. My step-grandmother used to use it a ton, and she was from Indianapolis. It worked its way into our family because of her, and became fairly commonplace among us, even though we lived in Illinois. Its origins, however, remain a mystery to me ~ though I would certainly love to know more! If there is, indeed, a poem that references it, and you are able to remember it, do let me know! I never knew about that. In any case, though, it’s such a curious expression, isn’t it?

      I am also very familiar with “nincompoop” ~ though I think that is more widespread, no?

      Thanks for stopping by ~

      • Ramona Smith said:

        Not sure how localized this expression is. My dad said it all the time when I was growing up and he was born and raised in East Texas. Any time we’d ask “What fer?” He’d say “Cat fur to make a kitten a pair of britches…want a pair?”

  13. Your theory that “cat fur….” is a localized expression is interesting & would explain why I haven’t heard it outside my family til now. My father ( who used it) was born & raised in Kansas, but his parents were from IN & IL. I have a couple of friends whose families are from IN & IL; I’ll have to ask them if they’re familiar with it.

  14. Maybe it’s an old Southern colloquialism as a response to “What fer?” Makes purrfect sense when you think about it!

  15. My granddad (from New Mexico) always used to say “Cat’s fur to make kitten britches, you want a pair?”, among other bizarre phrases that I always thought were just him. I’m glad someone else has heard of it! šŸ™‚

  16. My mom was born in Oklahoma and moved to CA when she was about 10, she always used this too!! “such” a funny saying, was thinking of it, so googled it and then found your terrific blog!

  17. Jim McCafferty said:

    When I was a child in the late 1950s and early 60s, my mother, from McComb, Mississippi, said that to me when I would ask “what for?” in response to some direction she gave me.

  18. Thank you, you brought so many wonderful memories back.

  19. ha! today I used cat fur…. when talking to a friend in new york, who had never heard that. I told her my mum always used it. we lived in regina, saskatchewan (I was born there 73 years ago today [1.1.41] it seems to me that colloquialisms and customs happen north and south geographically. I recall feeling an awareness of the south and the
    ‘western” music as well. when we moved to vancouver, bc, I recall the awareness of south and southwest. I’ve been in new York state since 1978 and notice our north/south relationship here. although, we have become very bi-coastal. .

  20. I am from West Virginia. My mother and grandmother used this nonsense saying to correct my grammar. when I would say what’s fer dinner they would say cats fur for making kittenbritches. What is for dinner. I always imagined a mother cat somewhere hard at work with her tiny knitting needles making little pants for her kittens. I Name my etsy shop KITTY BRITCHES BOUTIQUE because it always made me smile when they said it to me.

  21. I am from Western New York and my grandfather would always say Cat’s fur to make kitten britches. Just last month I was asking the girls in the office if they ever heard that phrase. No one had. I am glad that I did remember this correctly and not totally crazy. They never heard of the saying “kittens in the gravy” either. My Grandmother would always say that when making gravy in reference to the lumps or lack there of. Thanks for sharing

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