feed the kitty


Also found in: Wikipedia.

feed the kitty

Fig. to contribute money. (A kitty here is a small collection of money.) Please feed the kitty. Make a contribution to help sick children. Come on, Bill. Feed the kitty. You can afford a dollar for a good cause.
See also: feed, kitty

feed the kitty

Contribute money to a pool or reserve, as in I can't make a big donation this year, but I'm willing to feed the kitty something. This term, originating in gambling, incorporates a pun, since kitty can mean "cat" as well as "pool." [Late 1800s]
See also: feed, kitty
References in periodicals archive ?
With plenty of background sight gags to keep the grown-ups busy, animation buffs will be particularly hugging themselves over the (Ray) Harryhausen reference and a shot-for-shot homage to Chuck Jones' 50s Feed The Kitty cartoon.
A sweet little kitten seemingly baked into cookies in Chuck Jones' Feed the Kitty.