And so they say…
The phase “Look what the cat dragged in,” has many references.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary states:
Definition of Look What The Cat Dragged In
informal—used to call attention to someone who has entered the room or area
Writing Explained goes a little further with the origin:
The exact origin for this expression is unclear. However, digital records seem to indicate that this expression began to appear in the early 1900s.
The idea behind this idiom is clear to anyone who has owned a pet cat with access to the outside and inside of the house. Despite being domesticated, cats love to hunt. They will often bring back the bounty of their hunts to the house. It is possible they mean to offer their kills as gifts to their human owners.
Regardless, most owners do not appreciate the dead or dying game brought back to their house. These animals are often small rodents covered in blood and spit. In other words, they look disgusting.
Therefore, look what the cat dragged in is a way of saying look what a disgusting thing just entered the room.
No, really, he dragged it in
The Avon & Somerset Police were alerted by a homeowner to an unusual item the family cat had brought home. Class A drugs.
The owner found a bag next to where his pet was curled up sleeping Monday morning. The goods appear to have been confiscated by the feline while on the prowl Sunday night. Somewhere, there is a dealer wondering what happened.
The white and purple powder found inside the bag appeared to be heroin and crack cocaine. The kitty’s haul had an associated street value of hundred of dollars. Although the contents had not yet been analyzed, a police spokesman confirmed their suspicions were it was illegal substances the cat brought back home.
Though serious, seems everyone was a bit amused
“Forget police dogs, we should start training up cats Apparently the owner found this in the cat’s bed, with the feline curled up next to it!,” Avon and Somerset Police tweeted.
To that, Ashley Police responded with the following as they retweeted the photo:
“Look what the cat dragged in
Great result in St Paul’s when a resident’s cat brought this in during the night! The owner got a bit of a shock but called us straight away!
If you are worried about drugs or crime in your area you can report anonymously @CrimestoppersUK”