How to Say 'Cat' in Arabic

July 06, 2024
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Pets have been beloved companions to humans for centuries, and two of the most popular pets are dogs and cats. Continue reading this article to learn how to say cat in Arabic, from Modern Standard Arabic to various dialect.

How to Say 'Cat' in Arabic

The word 'Cat' has several synonyms in Arabic. Here are a few, along with their meanings in English:

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)

  • هِرَّة (Hirrah)

    Example: ".لديّ هِرَّةُ بيضاء" (Ladayya hirratun baydaa) - "I have a white cat." 'هِرَّة' (hirrah) is used for female cat and you can say 'هِرَّ' (hir) for a male cat.


The following forms indicate possession or belonging, specifying whose cat is being referred to based on the possessive pronouns attached to the word 'هِرَّة':

  • هِرَّتِي (hirrati) - my cat.
  • هِرَّتُكَ (hirratuka) - your cat.
  • هِرَّتُهَ (hirratuhu) - his cat.
  • هِرَّتُهَا (hirratuha) - her cat.
  • هِرَّتُنَا (hirratuna) - our cat.
  • هِرَّتُهُمْ (hirratuhum) - Their (plural, masculine) cat.
  • هِرَّتُهُن (hirratuhun) - Their (plural, feminine) cat.
  • هِرَّتُكُم (hirratukum) - Your (plural, masculine) cat.
  • هِرَّتُكُنَّ (hirratukuna) - Your (plural, feminine) cat.


  • قِطة (Qitta)

    Example: ".أُريد أن أُربي قِطة" ('Ureed 'an 'urabiy qitta) - "I want to have a cat."


The following forms indicate possession or belonging, specifying whose cat is being referred to based on the possessive pronouns attached to the word 'قِطة':

  • قِطَّتِي (qittati) - my cat.
  • قِطَّتُكَ (qittatuka) - your cat.
  • قِطَّتُه (qittatuhu) - his cat.
  • قِطَّتُهَا (qittatuha) - her cat.
  • قِطَّتُنَا (qittatuna) - our cat.
  • قِطَّتُهُمْ (qittatuhum) - Their (plural, masculine) cat.
  • قِطَّتُهُن (qittatuhun) - Their (plural, feminine) cat.
  • قِطَّتُكُم (qittatukum) - Your (plural, masculine) cat.
  • قِطَّتُكُنَّ (qittatukunna) - Your (plural, feminine) cat.

Arabic Dialects

Egyptian

Egyptian Arabic, also known as 'Masri' or Egyptian colloquial Arabic, is a spoken dialect of the Arabic language primarily used in Egypt. It is distinct from Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the formal written language used in literature, media, and official communication across the Arab world.

  • قُطَّة - pronounced "'otta" for a female cat and 'قُط' pronounced "'ott" for a male cat.

Gulf (Khaliji)

Gulf Arabic refers to the Arabic dialect spoken in  Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and parts of Iraq and Iran. It's also known as Khaliji.

  • قِطَّة - pronounced "qitta" for both male and female cats, though the pronunciation might slightly differ.
  • بِسة - pronounced "bissa" for both male and female cats.

Levantine

Levantine Arabic refers to the variety of Arabic dialects spoken in the Levant region, which includes countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and parts of Iraq. It's one of the major branches of Arabic dialects.

  • بْسِينِة - pronounced "bseeneh" for a female cat and 'بْسِين' pronounced "bseen" for a male cat.

Darija (Maghrebi)

"Darija" refers to the Arabic dialects spoken in the Maghreb region of North Africa, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Mauritania.

  • قَطُّوسَة - pronounced "qattuusa" for a female cat and 'قَطُّوس' pronounced "qattus" for a male cat.


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