Collective Noun for Cats

What Is a Group of Cats Called?

A group of cats is called a clowder.
Collective NounUsage
clowdera clowder of cats
collective noun for cats

clowder of cats

Other Words for a Group of Cats

While clowder is the most common collective noun for cats, a group of cats is also called a cluster, litter (kittens of the same mother), destruction (wild cats), or nuisance.

What Type of Word is "Clowder"?

The word "clowder" is a collective noun. A collective noun is a word used to represent a group of people, animals, or things.

"Clowder Is" or "Clowder Are"?

Writers are often unsure whether to treat a collective noun like "clowder" as singular or plural. As a general rule, you should treat a collective noun as singular. However, if the context of your sentence focuses on the individuals within the group, you should treat it as plural. For example:
  • The clowder is moving nearer. correct tick
  • The clowder are moving in different directions. correct tick
Here are 300 more collective nouns for animals.

Help Us Improve Grammar Monster

  • Do you disagree with something on this page?
  • Did you spot a typo?

Find Us Quicker!

  • When using a search engine (e.g., Google, Bing), you will find Grammar Monster quicker if you add #gm to your search term.
Next lesson >

See Also

More about collective nouns Are collective nouns singular or plural? 300 collective nouns for animals

Page URL