Wednesday, 15 April 2015


We were sitting in the Bijou Garden in the lovely sunshine this morning having a cuppa when Tom announced that he was going to get his 'OLD TOGS' on and paint the fence.
I remember my Mum often used to say get your 'togs on' we're going out, when she meant get your coat.
This made me think,  where does the saying come from, it makes no sense to me.  Does anyone know?

Thanks for all the comments on poor little Dexter, Kate says that he hasn't the strength to jump up anywhere at the moment.  I imagine his muscles are a bit wasted but he'll get there I'm sure.

Meanwhile here's a picture of Rowan who wouldn't hurt a fly

and one of Princess who pounces on Rowan at every opportunity, not sure how to cure this behaviour, any ideas.

This is the meanest cat I've ever owned.  Just look at that face, it says it all.


  1. My 'togs' are known as my 'Ratting Clothes'. Probably well named.

  2. Have you tried Feliway (Diffuser and spray)? I am using it at the moment and it does seem to be making a difference to the stress levels in our two cats.

  3. Okay I have never herd any one say that ever so I looked in the dictionary and it said it is taken from a french word or Latin word meaning toga. And that makes me understand it more :) meaning outer clothes. Wow I learned something at 7 in the morning :)

  4. A quick squirt with a water filled sprayer (plant sprayer) on the naughty cat whenever the behaviour occurs. You have to be ready to spray immediately. It may take several tries before the cat associates the behaviour with the water, though some cats get it straight away. We've trained ours this way,so we know it works. If we see the behaviour about to happen,we make a tsst tssst sound,the about to be naughty cat associates the sound with the sprayer,so chooses not to do the behaviour.
    Jane x

  5. i have always known that togs meant clothes. don't know how i know that though. i looked it up and there are a zillion links about it, most of them mean clothes, one said coat, other said riding togs, one said clothers for a special occasion. i am sure that helps a lot. still no idea who started it.
    i am thinking cats or like people and dogs and horse etc, some are mean and some are not...

  6. I have spent some time looking up "Togs" and have not been able to find anything! I have heard this when I was growing up though. There is a wonderful show on Saturday nights on the animal Planet "My Cat From Hell". This cat expert goes around to homes with bad cat problems, and he helps people who are thinking of getting rid of their cats. One reason cats do this is because they are born to stalk any moving creature. Try one of those long poles with toys on the end and play with him, making him jump and chase. after he is worn out, it may help. Also get both cats in the room and play with both of them; they will associate good fun with each other.

  7. You will always have a cat who wants to be 'top dog' and performs some form of bullying or other. It is not as easy to sort out as it is with dogs. Feliway is a good start, as is feeding the cats separately, having enough litter trays (one per cat and one spare - yes I know - who has the space in a house for that many?!) and allow the submissive cat have space that the dominant one has restricted access - a spare bedroom, study etc where that becomes the quieter cat's personal space. Good luck! =^.^=

  8. according to Google
    TOGS - early 18th century (as a slang term for a coat or outer garment): apparently an abbreviation of obsolete criminals' slang togeman ‘a light cloak’, from French toge or Latin toga.

    My, you learn something new every day!

  9. I've never heard that saying so I haven't a clue.
    That cats expression does look a little intimidating.

  10. Feliway has helped our two learn to cope with each other. It's worth a try. Meanwhile, on the question of 'togs':