What Is A Glaring Of Cats? (And Other Words For Cat Collections)

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Have you heard the term a glaring of cats? Ever wondered what it means? Let’s look into some of the possible collective nouns for cats and kittens and where they came from.

Key Takeaways

A "glaring" is one of the collective nouns for a group of cats.

Other widely accepted terms for a group cats include clowder, clutter, and cluster.

The collective noun or descriptive term you use might depend on the cats’ personalities and the dynamic between them.

What Is A Glaring Of Cats?

A larger group of cats of three or more is called a glaring, possibly due to the reluctance most cats have to share space with other cats.

A glaring of cats is a way to refer to a group of three or more cats. The fact that we have nicknames for groups of cats are pretty interesting considering not all cats like each other and get along in groups. Feral cats or stray cats might fight over territory and resources like food sources, water, and shelter.

In fact, you might even find domestic cats that live together getting grumpy with each other over the use of the comfiest bed or to get the tastiest treats. Read our article Do female cats get on? for more information about cat dynamics.

The fact that not all cats get along might explain why the term “glaring” might be used. Cats that are unfamiliar with each other and reluctantly sharing space might glare at each other.

Equally, some pet cats have mastered glaring at their owners when they are unimpressed by their behavior. Perhaps they haven’t put offered them food and it’s a minute or so past dinner time, or perhaps they had to be moved from their comfy snoozing spot on the sofa so that a visiting human could sit down.

In these circumstances, you might be on the receiving end of a glare from your cat!

Also Read: What Is the Difference Between a Stray Cat and a Feral Cat?

How Else Can You Describe A Group Of Cats?

Humans have come up with a handful of colorful descriptions for groups of cats.

The English language has several collective nouns for cats. Here are some examples and where they may have originated for inspiration:

1. A Clowder Of Cats

three white British kittens in basket

The term a clowder of cats comes from an Old English word for lump.

The most commonly recognized term for a group of cats is a “clowder.” That’s right, it sounds like a cloud. You might be picturing a group of fluffy white kittens having a cuddle and resembling a cloud, but this isn’t the origin.

The word “clowder” is said to have originated from the Old English word “clott,” meaning lump. This old word from centuries ago gradually evolved into “clot,” then “clutter,” and eventually “clowder.” This brings us to the next nickname for a group of cats …

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2. A Clutter Of Cats

stray cats

The terms clutter of cats and clowder of cats have similar origins.

A clutter is another way to describe a group of cats, and from the evolution of the word clowder, you can see where it came from. However, if you’ve ever had a swarm of hungry cats getting under your feet in the kitchen, you probably have other ideas as to why they might be called a clutter.

Also Read: Why Does My Cat Beg For Food?

3. A Pounce Of Cats

Group persian kittens sitting on cat tower

The phrase “a pounce of cats” likely originated from specific hunting style of cats.

This collective noun is self-explanatory, and perfectly describes a group of mischievous kittens or young cats. If you’ve ever observed a litter of kittens playing together, it’s probably no surprise why a pounce of cats is a known term.

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4. A Cluster Of Cats

Many cats sit on a couch and looking up

A cluster of cats is probably derived from the same words that gave us clowder and clutter.

Probably from the same origins as clutter and clowder, a cluster of cats is another option. You might find this description particularly apt if your feline family members like to chill out together on the bed or the couch.

Also Read: Why Do Cats Groom Each Other? Reasons Why Cats Socially Groom

5. A Litter Of Kittens

Litter Of Kittens

A litter is used to describe a group of feline siblings of the same age born to the same mother.

Most cat lovers will be aware that the collective noun for kittens is litter, assuming that they’re siblings of course. Using the term litter in this context has  nothing to do with trash or garbage, and is used for many mammals.

Also Read: Can I Adopt Cats from The Same Litter? A Vet Explains

6. A Destruction Of Cats

Destruction Of Cats

The term “destruction” is only used to describe large wildcats like tiger and lions.

This term destruction of cats is reserved solely for a group of wildcats, and if you consider tigers, leopards, jaguars, and other big cats, it’s easy to imagine why. However, if your domestic cats are particularly cheeky, it could actually be a good fit.

Also Read: 7 Similarities Between Domesticated Cats And Big Cats

7. A Nuisance Of Cats

Small kittens resting outdoors

A nuisance of cats might have come about to describe groups of strays or feral cats.

Similar vibes to the destruction of wildcats, but this one usually refers to domesticated cats. Of course, if your cats are little angels, this might not ring true, but if they’re a little bit naughty it might suit them well.

Also Read: How To Discipline A Cat The Right Way

8. A Kindle Of Kittens

Kindle Of Kittens

A kindle of kittens need not be siblings, just a group of adorable young cats.

Unrelated to the Amazon electronic reading device, a kindle is a cute way of describing a group of kittens, whether they’re related or not.

Also Read: How To Socialize A Kitten: 6 Vet-Approved Steps

Final Thoughts

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Whether you call it a glaring, a clowder, or a clutter, a group of cats is extra fun.

There are lots of different collective nouns for groups of cats—a glaring, a clowder, a clutter, or a cluster to name but a few! You can find out even more information about nicknames for groups of cats by reading What is a group of cats called? Whatever you want to call them, cats are pretty cute, so the more the better.

Also Read: How Do Cats Communicate With Each Other? A Veterinarian Explains

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a group of cats known as?

A group of cats is most commonly known as a clowder, but can also be referred to as a glaring, a clutter, a cluster, a kindle, or a nuisance.

Why is a group of cats called a clowder?

The word clowder is thought to have originated from the old English word "clott," meaning lump or mass. This developed into "clot," then "clutter," and finally a group of cats became known as a "clowder."

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About Dr. Hannah Godfrey BVETMED MRCVS

Hannah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, UK in 2011 and began work straight away at a busy mixed practice. Initially, she treated all species, but as the small animal hospital became busier, she focussed on small animals. Hannah is an expert on cat behavior and nutrition.