There is a Swedish saying, which I don't know if it exists outside of Sweden or has an English version, which literally goes like:
Att gå som katten kring het gröt.
To walk like the cat around hot porridge.
It's not clear to me what this is supposed to mean even in Swedish. I assume that it means that somebody (a cat) wants something (porridge) and tries to eat it, but it's difficult (hot) and thus the cat just keeps walking in circles around it instead of munching down that good oatmeal porridge...
... which I cannot imagine that any cat would ever do. My cat barely eats the expensive cat food I give him, let alone porridge. I don't even think that he would understand that it's food and that it's edible. He'd just sniff on it and look at me confused with a tilted head, then walk away from it and rub his body and tail against my leg to make me give him "actual food".
Maybe if it was a hot fish, then it'd make sense. My cat has tried to eat a hot fish and really wanted to, but it was too hot, so he would repeatedly walk around it and try again and again, each time jumping away from it due to it still being hot. But the saying is about porridge. Typical human food. Nothing for little lion descendants.
Is this an old saying from a time when cats actually did eat porridge due to lack of special cat food and nothing else to eat? So humans would give their cats porridge and they'd eat it? Was that ever a thing? Is it even possible for a cat to eat porridge and not get sick, and get nutrition and strength from it? Or is a cat made too differently from a human for that to work?