“A hat-trick or hat trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times or more during a game, or other achievements based on threes. The term was first used in 1858 in cricket to describe HH Stephenson’s feat of taking three wickets with three consecutive deliveries. A collection was held for Stephenson, and he was presented with a hat bought with the proceeds. The term was used in print for the first time in 1878. The term was eventually adopted by many other sports including association football, water polo, and team handball, but did not become popular in North America until the mid-1940s in the National Hockey League.”
No further explanation should be needed, therefore, if I tell you that I live with three cats and a keen football enthusiast, and that a Cat-Trick is the term given to any instance of all three cats together. To be honest I am not particularly happy with the one of Arthur (and he is not really as fat as I have made him look, though admittedly he is a smallish square-shaped fellow), and Stiletto (a.k.a. Skinny-Fat-Cat, for reasons that will not at this time become clear) is so difficult to capture I had to draw her from a distance when she didn’t know I was looking at her, but, for the sake of the first cat-of-the-day cat-trick, here are all three.