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  1. Cat / Pussycat

  2. Felina / Felidae / Felinae

  3. Panda Bear

  4. Giant Panda

  5. Red Panda / Firefox

  6. Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat

  7. Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

Cat / Pussycat

China māo
Japan neko
Cat / Pussycat Vertical Wall Scroll

猫 / 貓 means cat or pussy.

A common name for feline friends in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

貓There is a more complex alternate form of this cat character. If you want this form, please click on the character at the right, instead of the button above.

Felina / Felidae / Felinae

China māo kē
Japan nekoka
Felina / Felidae / Felinae Vertical Wall Scroll

貓科 is the Chinese way to write Felidae, Felina, or Felinae (the cat family).

In Japanese, they use a slightly different first character and write 猫科 pronounced nekoka instead of the original 貓科.

Also, in Chinese, sometimes the title for the sub-family of cats is 猫亚科 for Felinae. If you need a special term, just contact me.

Panda Bear

China xióng māo
Panda Bear Vertical Wall Scroll

熊貓 is how to write "panda" in Chinese. 熊貓 is kind of a generic term that is applied to all pandas. When most people think of panda bears, they are really thinking of the "giant panda" which has black and white fur.

The literal meaning of these characters are "bear cat." Chinese do, in fact, think of pandas as "cat-like bears."

Giant Panda

China dà xióng māo
Giant Panda Vertical Wall Scroll

大熊貓 is how to write "giant panda" in Chinese. 大熊貓 is specific to the "giant panda" which has black and white fur. Not to be confused with other types of smaller pandas in China.

The literal meaning of these characters is "great/big bear cat." Chinese do, in fact, think of pandas as "cat-like bears."

Note: In Japanese, they only express Giant Panda in Katakana, which is ジャイアント パンダ” (Jaianto Panda). So we have not included that for wall scroll orders.

Red Panda / Firefox

China hóng xióng māo
Red Panda / Firefox Vertical Wall Scroll

紅熊貓 is the Chinese title for the red panda, or firefox.

Some also call this the lesser Panda.

Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat

China xiǎo māo
Japan koneko
Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat Vertical Wall Scroll

小猫 / 小貓 means kitten (literally: little cat) in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

Ability is more important than looks
China bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: It doesn't matter [if a] cat [is] black [or] white, [as long as it] can catch mice, it's a good cat.

This proverb was either composed or made famous by Deng XiaoPing in 1961 when he exclaimed, "I don't care if it's a white cat or a black cat. It's a good cat so long as it catches mice" when his critics pointed out that his ideas were Capitalistic (free market). The response was meant to say, "It does not matter if it's Communist or Capitalist, as long as it works."

This Chinese proverb can be used to suggest one should disregard looks or a person's race, as long as they can do the job. It can also be used as a metaphor for many other situations.

Deng XiaoPing probably saved China from collapse (as the Soviet Union experienced). He changed China's economy from pure Communism to a hybrid where the free market (Capitalism) is encouraged. More about Deng XiaoPing

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Japanese nekoma / ねこま    neko(p);neko / ねこ(P);ネコ
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (archaism) (See 猫・1) cat; (1) cat; (2) shamisen; (3) geisha; (4) (abbreviation) (See 猫車) wheelbarrow; (5) (abbreviation) (See 猫火鉢) clay bed-warmer; (6) (kana only) (colloquialism) (ant: タチ) bottom; submissive partner of a homosexual relationship; (surname) Nekozaki; (female given name) Neko


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Japanese koneko / こねこ
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese kitten; (female given name) Koneko


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Japanese kumaneko / くまねこ
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (obscure) panda



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Mandarin xióng māo / xiong2 mao1
Taiwan hsiung mao
Chinese panda; CL:隻|只[zhi1]


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Japanese nekoka / ねこか
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese Felidae; family comprising the cats



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Mandarin māo kē / mao1 ke1
Taiwan mao k`o / mao ko
Chinese Felidae (the cat family)



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Mandarin dà xióng māo / da4 xiong2 mao1
Taiwan ta hsiung mao
Chinese giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)



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Mandarin hóng xióng māo / hong2 xiong2 mao1
Taiwan hung hsiung mao
Chinese lesser Panda; red panda; firefox

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Mandarin māo / mao1
Taiwan mao
Chinese cat; CL:隻|只[zhi1]; (dialect) to hide oneself; (coll.) modem


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Japanese koneko / こねこ Japanese kitten; (surname) Koneko



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Mandarin gōng māo / gong1 mao1
Taiwan kung mao
Chinese male cat; tomcat


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Japanese uchineko / うちねこ Japanese (See 外猫) indoor cat; house cat


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Japanese karaneko / からねこ Japanese (archaism) cat (esp. one imported from China)


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Japanese sotoneko / そとねこ Japanese (See 内猫) outdoor cat


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Japanese koneko / こねこ Japanese kitten; (female given name) Koneko


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Japanese ieneko;ieneko / いえねこ;イエネコ Japanese domesticated cat



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Mandarin xiǎo māo / xiao3 mao1
Taiwan hsiao mao
Chinese kitten
Japanese See: 小猫


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Japanese yamaneko(p);yamaneko / やまねこ(P);ヤマネコ Japanese wildcat (Felis silvestris)



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Mandarin shān māo / shan1 mao1
Taiwan shan mao
Chinese lynx; bobcat; leopard cat
Japanese See: 山猫


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Japanese kaibyou / kaibyo / かいびょう Japanese monster cat; cat with magical powers


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Japanese koineko / こいねこ Japanese cat in heat; cat in season


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Japanese aibyou / aibyo / あいびょう Japanese (1) pet cat; beloved cat; (2) (See 愛猫家) ailurophilia; fondness for cats



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Mandarin lǎn māo / lan3 mao1
Taiwan lan mao
Chinese lazy bones


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Japanese suteneko / すてねこ Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) abandoned (stray) cat


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Japanese hanmyou / hanmyo / はんみょう Japanese (1) (kana only) tiger beetle (esp. the Japanese tiger beetle, Cicindela japonica); (2) (colloquialism) blister beetle; oil beetle


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Japanese umineko / うみねこ Japanese black-tailed gull (Larus crassirostris)


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Japanese haineko / はいねこ Japanese (1) gray cat; grey cat; (2) ash-covered cat


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Japanese karasuneko / からすねこ Japanese black cat


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Japanese meneko / めねこ    mesuneko / めすねこ Japanese female cat


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Japanese oneko / おねこ    osuneko / おすねこ Japanese tomcat; male cat

Search for in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
猫 / 貓
nekomāo / mao1 / mao
nekokamāo kē / mao1 ke1 / mao ke / maokemao k`o / maoko / mao ko
Panda Bear熊貓
xióng māo
xiong2 mao1
xiong mao
hsiung mao
Giant Panda大熊貓
dà xióng māo
da4 xiong2 mao1
da xiong mao
ta hsiung mao
Red Panda
hóng xióng māo
hong2 xiong2 mao1
hong xiong mao
hung hsiung mao
Young Cat
Little Cat
小猫 / 小貓
konekoxiǎo māo / xiao3 mao1 / xiao mao / xiaomaohsiao mao / hsiaomao
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice不管黑貓白貓能捉著老鼠的就是好貓
bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
bu4 guan3 hei1 mao1 bai2 mao1 neng2 zhuo1 zhe lao3 shu3 de jiu4 shi4 hao3 mao3
bu guan hei mao bai mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao
pu kuan hei mao pai mao neng cho che lao shu te chiu shih hao mao
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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