The word “cat” in Russian is кошка (KOSHka), which means a female cat, but unless the cat speaker wants to specify his gender, it is related to any cat. However, there are several other ways to say cats in Russian. Some of them are more neutral, while others have specific meanings or characteristics. For example, котяра (kaTYAruh) means a huge, full-bodied male cat, while кошечка (KOshychka) is a cute female cat. Cats are very important in Russian culture and appear in many Russian works of art, including books (such as Behemoth, a novel by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, “Master and Margarita” The giant cat), the art of movies, songs and visual works. In Russia, superstitions about cats are also common. For example, thinking that a black cat crossing the road in front of you will bring bad luck, or that a cat with three-color fur will protect the house and bring good luck. If a cat cleans his face with his claws, many Russians will say that the guest is on the road.