A lion, tiger, etc, that does not perform but is only exhibited (1930s+ Circus)
As traders like to observe, even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height.
Nowadays you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Republican kvetching about deficits.
She had refused to receive a dead cat, and the expressmen had taken the box away again.
Well to old bones a dead cat might be better than no cushion!
Leaving the dead cat for 'Toby' and 'Nettle' to worry, the whole pack now fiercely attack the luckless Pariah dog.
If she had not been able to jump, she would have been a dead cat.
His ardour was cooled by receiving a dead cat full in the face.
We were afraid of a dead cat, or our glasses broken, and so were always of their side.
They cut off their hair upon the death of a dog; and shaved their eyebrows for a dead cat.
He had a skeleton of a cat, a dead cat, and a live cat to work from.