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Affectionate ConnotationPlay
Used for pet cats that are particularly gentle or loving. SlideMy grandmother's pussycat always purrs loudly when I pet her.
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Pussycat is often used when talking to or about cats with children. SlideDid you see the new pussycat at Auntie's house? It's so soft!
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Not Just Any CatPlay
Implies a special bond, not used for stray or unfamiliar cats. SlideShe's been feeding a stray, but it's not her pussycat yet.