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Posted: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:22:31 PM

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Hello!

I have a doubt. I don't know why, but when I search the web for "les chattes" it appears to me that it's vulgar. So I want to know how to say "the cats" (in the feminine) in French.

Thank you.
Hope123
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2020 8:56:46 PM

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It has been a long time since I studied French but I think it is just les chats.

There are other words too such as félin

https://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/the-meaning-of/french-word-d6a9973ba1aec99713a1691ad1ef02e2f7869810.html

From what I saw online les chattes means women on a porn site but it was in French so I'm just guessing.

SandraM
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:11:43 AM
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Hi there,
Yes the feminine for cat in French is "chatte" ("chattes" in the plural). It also happen to be the slang term for female genitals (see English "pussy"). Because of that, in French, sometime people avoid using the perfectly correct "chatte", because they don't want to trigger sniggering or that kind of association (depending on the rest of the sentence). If they are scientists, they may use "les chats femelles" (= "the female cats") but generally, if you have to express something that relates specifically to female cats, you can use "chattes".
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