I'm trying to understand this section from a humorous song.

... бабушка Света
Пьёт кофе с морошкой,
Любуясь в окошко,
Как ходит за кошкою кошка.

Based on my limited knowledge of Russian, and some help from Google translate, a literal translation would be:

... grandmother Sveta
Drinks coffe with cloudberries,
Admiring in the little window
How a cat walks for a cat

I don't really understand what the last line means. Is this idiomatic?

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    @shabunc I'm not sure why you closed this question. This wasn't a "please translate this for me" question; I gave my own attempt at a translation and explained where I was having difficulty. It's true that I'm only a beginning student of Russian but I don't understand what more prior research I could possibly have done to improve this question.
    – augurar
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 10:24

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No, it's not an idiom, the meaning is straightforward

Любуясь в окошко,
Как ходит за кошкою кошка.

Watching through the window
how the cats walk (pass by) one after the other

  • I see, "кошка за кошкою" ≈ "cat by cat". Thanks!
    – augurar
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 10:19
  • This, however, can also be translated as "cat courting (stalking) another cat".
    – Alexander
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 19:18
  • @Alexander don't think so, i gave an answer after reading the entire lyrics, in the context the meaning is quite obvious and unequivocal Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 19:32

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