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25 Jul

Quotes about Cats

 
It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens. – Cynthia E. Varnado
 
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
 
 
In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. – Dereke Bruce
 
 
There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat. – Tay Hohoff
 
 
If cats could talk, they wouldn’t. – Nan Porter
 
 
There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats. – Albert Schweitzer
 
 
A catless writer is almost inconceivable.  It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys. – Barbara Holland
 
 
If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. – Mark Twain
 
 
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia. – Joseph Wood Krutch
 
 
The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. – Doug Larson
 
 
There is something about the presence of a cat… that seems to take the bite out of being alone. – Louis J. Camuti
 
 
As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.  ~Ellen Perry Berkeley
 
 
The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.  ~Paula Poundstone
 
 
Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.  ~Pam Brown
 
 
After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word.  And has filed it for reference.  ~Charlotte Gray
 
 
A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.  ~William Ralph Inge
 
 
The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal – it’s also the reason they hate birds.  ~K.C. Buffington
 
 
A cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
There has never been a cat
Who couldn’t calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair.
~Rod McKuen
 
 
Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning.  He won’t attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling.  ~Helen Powers
 
 
Cats do care.  For example they know instinctively what time we have to be at work in the morning and they wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off.  ~Michael Nelson
 
 
When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?  ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1580
 
 
Kittens are born with their eyes shut.  They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives.  ~Stephen Baker
 
 
I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult.  It’s not.  Mine had me trained in two days.  ~Bill Dana
 
 
If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.  ~J.A. McIntosh
 
No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.  ~Leo Dworken
 
 
It doesn’t do to be sentimental about cats; the best ones don’t respect you for it.  ~Susan Howatch
 
 
A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem.  ~Jean Burden
 
 
The cat is the only animal without visible means of support who still manages to find a living in the city.  ~Carl van Vechten
 
 
There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.  ~Wesley Bates
 
 
If the pull of the outside world is strong, there is also a pull towards the human.  The cat may disappear on its own errands, but sooner or later, it returns once again for a little while, to greet us with its own type of love.  ~Lloyd Alexander
 
 
One is never sure, watching two cats washing each other, whether it’s affection, the taste, or a trial run for the jugular.  ~Helen Thomson
 
 
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.  A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.  ~Jules Verne
 
 
A cat pours his body on the floor like water.  ~William Lyon Phelps
 
 
There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten.  ~Jules Champfleury
 
 
A cat improves the garden wall in sunshine, and the hearth in foul weather.  ~Judith Merkle Riley
 
 
A cat’s got her own opinion of human beings.  She don’t say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it.  ~Jerome K. Jerome
 
 
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.  ~Edgar Allan Poe
 
 
The cat seldom interferes with other people’s rights.  His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life.  ~Carl Van Vechten
 
 
Cats come and go without ever leaving.  ~Martha Curtis
 
 
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.  ~Joseph Wood Krutch
 
 
You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.  ~Proverb
 
 
The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat. 
 
 
Are we really sure the purring is coming from the kitty and not from our very own hearts?  ~Terri Guillemets
 
 
Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.  ~Mary Bly
 
 
The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity.  ~Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
 
 
The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city.  ~Italo Calvino
 
 
If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.  ~Lemony Snicket
 
 
My cat speaks sign language with her tail.  ~Robert A. Stern
 
 
Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel.  True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.  ~Missy Dizick
 
 
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.  ~Terry Pratchett
 
 
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.  ~Robertson Davies
 
 
The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends.  ~Saki
 
 
Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.  ~Garrison Keillor
 
 
Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously.  ~Louis J. Camuti
 
 
Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion.  ~F.A. Paradis de Moncrif
 
 
What greater gift than the love of a cat?  ~Charles Dickens
 
 
Before a cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream.
~T.S. Eliot
 
 
People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.  ~Faith Resnick
 
 
Most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness.  I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked about the house with a saintly expression.  ~Beverly Nichols
 
 
Kittens are angels with whiskers.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
Even if you have just destroyed a Ming Vase, purr.  Usually all will be forgiven.  ~Lenny Rubenstein
 
 
You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat.  You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles.  Do you understand this?  And radio operates exactly the same way:  you send signals here, they receive them there.  The only difference is that there is no cat.  ~Albert Einstein
 
 
Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.  ~Monica Edwards
 
 
It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming.  ~Adlai Stevenson
 
 
A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.  ~Arab Proverb
 
 
Cats have intercepted my footsteps at the ankle for so long that my gait, both at home and on tour, has been compared to that of a man wading through low surf.  ~Roy Blount, Jr.
 
 
Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.  ~George F. Will
 
 
When your kitty purrs to you, doesn’t it break your heart that you can’t purr back?  ~Terri Guillemets
 
 
You own a dog but you feed a cat.  ~Jenny de Vries
 
 
Everything I know I learned from my cat:  When you’re hungry, eat.  When you’re tired, nap in a sunbeam.  When you go to the vet’s, pee on your owner.  ~Gary Smith
 
 
Sometimes he curls up on my pillow during the night and I don’t know he’s there until I yawn and my mouth closes on a whisker.  ~Astrid Alauda
 
 
A cat isn’t fussy – just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate.  From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor.  ~Arthur Bridges
 
 
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.  ~Henry David Thoreau
 
 
There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
Kittens can happen to anyone.  ~Paul Gallico
 
It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating little friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.  ~Agnes Repplier
 
 
No heaven will not ever Heaven be
Unless my cats are there to welcome me.
~Author Unknown
 
 
The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.  ~Colette
 
 
A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it.  ~Joseph Epstein
 
 
Cats conspire to keep us at arm’s length.  ~Frank Perkins
 
 
I have studied many philosophers and many cats.  The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.  ~Hippolyte Taine
 
 
There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.  ~Dan Greenberg
 
 
Although all cat games have their rules and rituals, these vary with the individual player.  The cat, of course, never breaks a rule.  If it does not follow precedent, that simply means it has created a new rule and it is up to you to learn it quickly if you want the game to continue.  ~Sidney Denham
 
 
People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around.  ~Susan Easterly
 
 
Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.  ~Jean Burden
 
 
The trouble with a kitten is that
Eventually it becomes a cat.
~Ogden Nash
 
 
Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible.  ~Roger Caras
 
 
The man who carries a cat by the tail learns something that can be learned in no other way.  ~Mark Twain
 
 
When you’re used to hearing purring and suddenly it’s gone, it’s hard to silence the blaring sound of sadness.  ~Missy Altijd
 
 
Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort.  ~Paul Corey
 
 
Keep an eye on the cat and another on the frying pan.  ~Proverb
 
 
Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.  ~Dan Greenburg
 
 
Psychologists now recognize that the need in some people to have a dozen cats is really a sublimated desire to have two dozen cats.  ~Robert Brault, http://www.robertbrault.com
 
 
It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can’t see.  ~Eleanor Farjeon
 
 
Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges.  Cats have the courage to live by them.  ~Jim Davis
 
 
Cats speak a subtle language in which few sounds carry many meanings, depending on how they are sung or purred.  “Mnrhnh” means comfortable soft chairs.  It also means fish.  It means genial companionship… and the absence of dogs.  ~Val Schaffner
 
 
People that don’t like cats haven’t met the right one yet.  ~Deborah A. Edwards
 
 
Another cat?  Perhaps.  For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown.  But a family cat is not replaceable like a wornout coat or a set of tires.  Each new kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated.  I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another.  ~Irving Townsend
 
 
I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.  ~Jean Cocteau
 
 
By and large, people who enjoy teaching animals to roll over will find themselves happier with a dog.  ~Barbara Holland
 
 
You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.  ~Jane Pauley
 
 
If by chance I seated myself to write, she very slyly, very tenderly, seeking protection and caresses, would softly take her place on my knee and follow the comings and goings of my pen -sometimes effacing, with an unintentional stroke of her paw, lines of whose tenor she disapproved.  ~Pierre Loti
 
 
You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.  ~George Mikes
 
 
I named my kitten Rose – fur soft as a petal, claws sharper than thorns.  ~Astrid Alauda
 
 
If he is comic, it is only because of the incongruity of so demure a look and so wild a heart.  ~Alan Devoe
 
 
To err is human, to purr is feline.  ~Robert Byrne
 
 
Cat lovers can readily be identified.  Their clothes always look old and well used.  Their sheets look like bath towels and their bath towels look like a collection of knitting mistakes.  ~Eric Gurney
 
 
The cat loves fish, but she’s loath to wet her feet.  ~Proverb
 
 
  Do you see that kitten chasing so prettily her own tail?  If you could look with her eyes, you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, many ups and downs of fate.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
I don’t think it is so much the actual bath that most cats dislike; I think it’s the fact that they have to spend a good part of the day putting their hair back in place.  ~Debbie Peterson
 
 
The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away.  ~E.W. Howe
 
 
Those who play with cats must expect to be scratched.  ~Proverb
 
 
To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction – and a cat.  The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by.  ~Stephen Baker
 
 
I pet her and she pays me back in purrs.  ~Terri Guillemets
 
 
Cats are the ultimate narcissists.  You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming.  Dogs aren’t like this.  A dog’s idea of personal grooming is to roll on a dead fish.  ~James Gorman
 
 
The best kind of alarm clock is the purring kind.  ~Terri Guillemets
 
 
Cats as a class, have never completely got over the snootiness caused by that fact that in Ancient Egypt they were worshipped as gods.  ~P.G. Wodehouse
 
 
Some people say man is the most dangerous animal on the planet.  Obviously those people have never met an angry cat.  ~Lillian Johnson
 
 
Time spent with cats is never wasted.  ~May Sarton
 
 
A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.  ~Indian Proverb
 
 
People meeting for the first time suddenly relax if they find they both have cats.  And plunge into anecdote.  ~Charlotte Gray
 
 
Any household with at least one feline member has no need for an alarm clock.  ~Louise A. Belcher
 
 
Who would believe such pleasure from a wee ball o’ fur?  ~Irish Saying
 
 
Dogs have owners, cats have staff.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
One must love a cat on its own terms.  ~Paul Gray
 
 
The sun rose slowly, like a fiery furball coughed up uneasily onto a sky-blue carpet by a giant unseen cat.  ~Michael McGarel
 
 
A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world.  Its wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth.  It darts madly at nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in the pursuit, prances sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous agility and zeal.  ~Agnes Repplier
 
 
Dogs eat.  Cats dine.  ~Ann Taylor
 
 
She clawed her way into my heart and wouldn’t let go.  ~Missy Altijd
 
 
Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself.  A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction.  It comes completely assembled, and it makes a sound when you jump on it.  ~Stephen Baker
 
 
No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.  ~Abraham Lincoln
 
 
I enjoy many silent moments with my cat, a conversation always resumed exactly where left off.  ~Robert Brault, http://www.robertbrault.com
 
 
The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.  ~French Proverb
 
 
The cat has always been associated with the moon.  Like the moon it comes to life at night, escaping from humanity and wandering over housetops with its eyes beaming out through the darkness.  ~Patricia Dale-Green
 
 
Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.  ~Mark Twain
 
 
Cats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic.  ~Lillian Jackson Braun
 
 
Who hath a better friend than a cat?  ~William Hardwin
 
 
Nobody who is not prepared to spoil cats will get from them the reward they are able to give to those who do spoil them.  ~Compton MacKenzie
 
 
A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.  ~Hazel Nicholson
 
 
Always the cat remains a little beyond the limits we try to set for him in our blind folly.  ~Andre Norton
 
 
When a cat chooses to be friendly, it’s a big deal, because a cat is picky.  ~Mike Deupree
 
He liked companionship, but he wouldn’t be petted, or fussed over, or sit in anyone’s lap a moment; he always extricated himself from such familiarity with dignity and with no show of temper.  If there was any petting to be done, however, he chose to do it.  Often he would sit looking at me, and then, moved by a delicate affection, come and pull at my coat and sleeve until he could touch my face with his nose, and then go away contented.  ~Charles Dudley Warner
 
 
Even overweight, cats instinctively know the cardinal rule:  when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses.  ~John Weitz
 
 
In the middle of a world that had always been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence.  ~Rosanne Amberson
 
 
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.  ~Colette
 
 
The cat does not offer services.  The cat offers itself.  Of course he wants care and shelter.  You don’t buy love for nothing.  Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.  ~William S. Burroughs
 
 
One cat just leads to another.  ~Ernest Hemingway
 
 
Women, poets, and especially artists, like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive systems.  ~Helen M. Winslow
 
 
Most beds sleep up to six cats.  Ten cats without the owner.  ~Stephen Baker
 
 
A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand.  ~Proverb
 
 
I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her fur as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue.  “Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it.”  She looks up and gives me her full gaze.  “Don’t be ridiculous,” she purrs, “I wrote it.”  ~Dilys Laing, “Miao”
 
 
Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?  ~Karen Brademeyer
 
 
Cats only pretend to be domesticated if they think there’s a bowl of milk in it for them.  ~Robin Williams
 
 
Every dog has his day – but the nights are reserved for the cats.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays.  She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it.  ~Henry David Thoreau
 
 
Your cat may never have to hunt farther than the kitchen counter for its supper nor face a predator more fierce than the vacuum cleaner.  ~Barbara L. Diamond
 
 
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.  ~Mark Twain
 
 
A meow massages the heart.  ~Stuart McMillan
 
 
The domestic cat seems to have greater confidence in itself than in anyone else.  ~Lawrence N. Johnson
 
 
If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.  ~Alfred North Whitehead
 
 
Cats are to dogs what modern people are to the people we used to have.  Cats are slimmer, cleaner, more attractive, disloyal, and lazy.  It’s easy to understand why the cat has eclipsed the dog as modern America’s favorite pet.  People like pets to possess the same qualities they do.  Cats are irresponsible and recognize no authority, yet are completely dependent on others for their material needs.  Cats cannot be made to do anything useful.  Cats are mean for the fun of it.  In fact, cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people (expensive girlfriends, for instance) that it’s often hard to tell the people and the cats apart.  ~P.J. O’Rourke, Modern Manners
 
 
It’s really the cat’s house – we just pay the mortgage.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
Cats are notoriously sore losers.  Coming in second best, especially to someone as poorly coordinated as a human being, grates their sensibility.  ~Stephen Baker
 
 
Does the father figure in your cat’s life ever clean the litter box?  My husband claims that men lack the scooping gene.  ~Barbara L. Diamond
 
 
Some people have cats and go on to lead normal lives.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
Cats have an infallible understanding of total concentration – and get between you and it.  ~Arthur Br
 
 
Four little Persians, but only one looked in my direction.  I extended a tentative finger and two soft paws clung to it.  There was a contented sound of purring, I suspect on both our parts.  ~George Freedley
 
 
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid.  She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.  ~Mark Twain
 
 
I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted, but his or her entertainment value.  ~Author Unknown
 
 
It is remarkable, in cats, that the outer life they reveal to their masters is one of perpetual boredom.  ~Robley Wilson, Jr.
 
 
The smart cat doesn’t let on that he is.  ~H.G. Frommer
 
 
If I called her she would pretend not to hear, but would come a few moments later when it could appear that she had thought of doing so first.  ~Arthur Weigall
 
 
I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.  ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV
 
 
If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.  ~Martin Buxbaum
 
 
The cat was created when the lion sneezed.  ~Arabian Proverb
 
 
The cat is above all things, a dramatist.  ~Margaret Benson
 
 
Meow is like aloha – it can mean anything.  ~Hank Ketchum
 
 
An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five year old.  ~Carl Van Vechten
 
 
Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.  ~Paul Gray
 
 
If the claws didn’t retract, cats would be like Velcro.  ~Bruce Fogle
 
 
A cat determined not to be found can fold itself up like a pocket handkerchief if it wants to.  ~Louis J. Camuti
 
 
  Most cats do not approach humans recklessly.  The possibility of concealed weapons, clods or sticks, tend to make them reserved.  Homeless cats in particular – with some justification, unfortunately – consider humans their natural enemies.  Much ceremony must be observed, and a number of diplomatic feelers put out, before establishing a state of truce.  ~Lloyd Alexander
 
 
God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the lion.  ~Fernand Mery
 
 
When a cat speaks, it’s because it has something to say, unlike humans who are the great refuse containers of speech.  ~Terri Guillemets
 
 
Cats are smarter than dogs.  You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.  ~Jeff Valdez
 
 
If only cats grew into kittens.  ~R. Stern
 
 
If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr.  ~Barbara L. Diamond
 
 
“A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.” ~ Hazel Nicholson

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