quiet as a cat - What is the meaning?

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What is the meaning of "quiet as a cat" idiom?
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Idiom Scenario 1:


Pamela is working in the kitchen of her house.  She is making supper and cleaning up.  While she is doing the dishes, her son, Aaron, sneaks up behind her very quietly and then shouts "Boo".  Pamela jumps, startled, and turns around with a smile on her face. 
"You snuck up on me quiet as a cat, Aaron."
Pamela did not hear Aaron because Aaron was being very very quiet.
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Idiom Definition:


"to be quiet as a cat"
to make very little noise
to be stealthy
 
Synonyms:
hush, hushed, inaudible, low, muffled, mute, muted, noiseless, peaceful, quiet, secretive, silent, soft, soundless, still
 
 
Literally, quiet as a cat. - - - - ->  a cat dozes peacefully in front of an open fireplace.




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Idiom Scenario 2:


Ned is sitting at his kitchen table drinking coffee one morning when his wife, Grace, comes down the stairs to join him.  Grace asks Ned when he had awoken and come downstairs.  Ned replies that he had come downstairs at around 6am.  Grace remarks...
"You must have been quiet as a cat because I did not hear a thing."
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Idiom Usage:

Alternate form:
"to be as quiet as a cat"
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Being quiet as a cat requires patience and stealth.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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