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Catpack craze opens up new world of urban adventures for cats and owners

Aaron Langmaid, August 8, 2017 8:54PM Herald Sun

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Cat in her bag. Picture: Craig Borrow media_cameraCat in her bag. Picture: Craig Borrow

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THE cat’s out of the bag when it comes to the purrfect way to get around town.

Even if it is a little claw-strophobic*.

Cream the two-year-old Ragdoll cat is among the pampered pets to experience the latest fad to sweep Australia.

The U-Pet catpack is a ventilated* bag designed to give its occupants a clear view of the world around them.

Owner Qi Zhang, 20, of Melbourne, was snapped taking his rad cat to the vet for her vaccinations.

Cream being loaded into her bag. Picture: Craig Borrow media_cameraCream being loaded into her bag. Picture: Craig Borrow

He said he is often stopped by people once they notice his pet peeping out from the plastic pod.

“People often ask me if she can breath in there … but it’s OK,’’ the finance student said.

Mr Zhang said he ordered the catpack after he spotted somebody else carrying their cat in comfort.

“It could also fit a dog but only a small one,’’ he said.

The 20-year-old said he enjoyed taking his cat out for walks because he lived in a multistorey apartment.

The catpack comes in handy for anybody negotiating* Melbourne’s public transport system with all small animals allowed on trains and trams provided they are in a bag.

The bag attracts fans and photographers. Picture: Craig Borrow media_cameraThe bag attracts fans and photographers. Picture: Craig Borrow

GLOSSARY

claw-strophobic: play on words from claustrophobic, fearing small and confined spaces

ventilated: air able to move in and out

negotiating: using

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Cat packs!

Read or listen to the article about catpacks.

What are some of the advantages of the catpack?

Are there any disadvantages?

Extension: Design an advertisement

Design a poster advertisement for the catpack.
Make sure you include the positive features and uses of the cat carrier and a picture of the bag.

Where would you advertise this product?
Why would this be a good place to advertise?

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, The Arts — Visual Communication Design

Activity 2: What does it mean?

The following words and phrases were used in the article.
What do they mean in the context of the article?

• Cat’s out of the bag

• Purrfect

• Claw-strophobic

• Snapped

• Spotted

Extension: Fantastically figurative!

An idiom is a form of figurative language.
The phrase has a commonly understood meaning but is not a literal understanding of the phrase.

Using figurative language can improve your writing.

The cat’s out of the bag is an example of an idiom that was used in the article. Pull up your socks is another idiom.

Think of or find five common idioms.
Draw their literal meaning and then write the common understanding of the idiom.

Example:
A picture of someone pulling up their socks with a caption to explain that they are making more of an effort and behaving better.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English

VCOP ACTIVITY
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)

Rhyme time

Write as many words as you can that rhyme with these words from the article.
This will help you with the extension.

Bag

Town

Cream

Walk

Extension:

A limerick is a five line, humorous poem.
The first, second and fifth lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme.

Write a limerick about Cream the Ragdoll cat.
Use key words from the article to help you.

Time: allow 50 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write and VCOP

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