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150 Cute Cat Quotes and Sayings

Sherry grew up watching her uncle raise turtles, fish, goats and sheep in his backyard. She lives with a tabby and her three kittens.

Ever wonder about the many things said about cats and kittens?

Ever wonder about the many things said about cats and kittens?

Calling All Cat Lovers

Love your cat and want the world to know it? Don’t worry. Your love for cats is understood and shared by a large community of feline enthusiasts online.

To celebrate this, I am here with a long list of interesting, funny and inspirational cat quotes and proverbs only cat lovers will understand.

What inspirational cat quote do you know?

What inspirational cat quote do you know?

Quotes About Cats

  • Cats do not keep the mice away; it is my belief that they preserve them for the chase. - Oswald Barron (1868-1939)
  • If a dog jumps in 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 (1861-1947)
  • Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. - Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
  • Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance. - Dan Greenburg (1936)
  • Some men are born to cats, others have cats thrust upon them. -Gilbert Millstein (1915-1999)
  • There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
  • For, though the room was silent, the silence of half a hundred cats is a peculiar thing, like fifty individual silences all piled one on top of another. - Susanna Clarke (1959)
  • It has been the providence of nature to give this creature nine lives instead of one. - Bidpai
  • Letting the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in. - Will Rogers (1879-1935)
  • I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them cats. - Eckhart Tolle (1948)
  • If you want to write, keep a cat. - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
  • They say that the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, “Can he name a kitten?” - Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
  • Cats choose us; we don’t own them. - Kristen Cast (1986)
  • Cats have it all –admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it. - Rod McKuen (1933-2005)
  • Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it. - Mason Cooley (1927-2002)
  • No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
  • In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods, they have not forgotten this. - Terry Prachett (1948-2015)
  • Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. - Garrison Keillor (1942)
  • A cat can purr its way out of anything. - Donna McCrohan
  • Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties. - Walter Leonel George (1882-1926)
  • The cat in gloves catches no mice. - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  • A home without a cat – and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat – may be a perfect home, perhaps but how can it prove title? - Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • One cat just leads to another. - Ernest Hemmingway (1899-1961)
  • Cats never strike a pose that isn't photogenic. - Lillian Jackson Braun (1913-2011)
  • Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them. - Jim Davis (1945)
  • The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be. - Elizabeth Peters (1927-2013)
  • Time spent with cats is never wasted. - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)
  • Cat: a soft indestructible automation provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle. - Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
  • I tawt I taw a puddy tat. - Sylvester
  • Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • The cat would eat fish, and would not wet her feet. - John Heywood (1497-1580)
  • I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are too good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human. - L. M. Montgomery (1874-1942)
  • The cat is not in the long run anxious to please. - T. O. Beachcroft (1902-1988)
  • Cats seem to go on the principles that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. - Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970)
  • Cats, like men, are flatters. - Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)
  • Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose. -Garrison Keillor (1942)
  • What greater gift than the love of a cat? - Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
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  • If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember. - Terry Pratchet (1948-2015)
  • Dogs look up to us; cats look down on us; pigs treat us as equals. - Martin Gilbert (1936-2015)
  • Cats are connoisseurs of comfort. - James Herriot (1916-1995)
  • Of course, maybe I'd end up like one of those crazy old people with, like, sixty cats. And one day, the neighbors would complain about the smell, and it would turn out I'd died and the cats had eaten me. Still, it might be nice to have a cat. - Alex Flinn (1966)
  • Black cat or white cat, it’s a good cat that catches the mice. - Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997)
  • Even the smallest feline is a work of art. - Leonardo da vinci (1452-1519)
  • Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. - Robertson Davies (1913-1995)
  • Lawk! What a monstrous tail our cat has got! - Henry Carey (1687-1743)
  • Confound the cats! All cats-always- Cats of all colours, black, white, grey; by night a nuisance and by day- confound the cats! - R. O. Thomas Dobbin (1878-1946)
  • You may say a cat uses good grammar. Well, a cat does – but you let a cat get excited once; you let a cat get to pulling fur with another cat on a shed, nights, and you’ll hear grammar that will give you the lockjaw. Ignorant people think it’s the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it’s the sickening grammar they use. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • “Meow” means “woof” in cat. - George Carlin (1937-2008)
  • I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. - Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
  • Yearning for love made her feel like a cat that was always twining around ankles, meowing Pet me, pet me, look at me, love me. - Laini Taylor (1971)
  • 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 ct 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 (1835-1910)
  • I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me. - Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
  • Cat sentimentality is a human thing. Cats are indifferent, their minds can't comprehend the concept 'I shall die,' they just go on living. - Gavin Ewart (1916-1995)
  • My cat is not insane, she's just a really good actress. - P.C. Cast (1960)
  • The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer. - Paula Poundstone (1959)
  • I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer. - Peter S. Beagle (1939)
  • Cats, I always think, only lump into your lap to check if you are cold enough, yet, to eat. - Anne Enright (1962)
  • Witches were a bit like cats. They didn’t much like one another’s company, but they did like to know where all the other witches were, just in case they needed them. - Terry Pratchet (1948-2015)
  • Cats never listen. They’re dependable that way; when Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time. - Seanan McGuire (1978)
  • A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it. - Joseph Epstein (1937)
  • As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. - Ellen Perry Berkeley
  • Cats can obviously rise to considerable mental heights, at least when they want to satisfy their lower instincts. - Akif Pirincci (1959)
  • It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens...that whatever you say to them, they always purr. - Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
  • Cats have a sense of humor, as is shown in their extreme love of play. A middle-aged cat will often play as unreservedly as a kitten, though he knows perfectly well it is only a game. - William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943)
  • The cat lives alone. He has no need of society. He obeys only when he wishes, he pretends to sleep the better to see and scratches everything he can scratch. - Francois Rene (1768-1848)
  • The cat which is a solitary beast is single-minded and goes its way alone, but, the dog, like his master, is confused in his mind. - H.G. Wells (1866-1946)
  • Cats can obviously rise to considerable mental heights, at least when they want to satisfy their lower instincts. - Akif Pirincci (1959)
  • One of the ways in which cats show happiness is by sleeping. - Cleveland Amory (1917-1998)
  • If only cats grew into kittens. - Robert Arthur Morton Stern (1939)
  • I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. - Hippolyte Taine (1828-1893)
  • I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days. - Bill Dana (1924-2017)
  • No cat purrs unless someone is around to listen. - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (1931)
  • I used to love dogs until I discovered cats. - Nafisa Joseph (1978-2004)
  • A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden. - Robert Southey (1774-1843)
  • Perhaps one reason we are fascinated by cats is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. Unlike the dog, the cat’s personality is never bet on a human’s. He demands acceptance on his own terms.” - Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007)
Everyone loves cats, right?

Everyone loves cats, right?

Proverbs About Cats and Kittens

  • Cats don’t catch mice to please God. - Afghanistan
  • You should not call in a cat to settle the argument of two birds. - India
  • Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat. - China
  • Curiosity killed the cat. - English
  • I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail. - China
  • The man who loves cats will love his wife. - Russia
  • When the mouse laughs at a cat, there’s a mouse hole nearby. - Nigeria
  • Beware of the cat that licks from the front but claws from behind. - English
  • The borrowed cat catches no mice. - Japan
  • The cat was created when the lion sneezed. - Middle East
  • Women and cats in the house, men and dogs in the street. - Catalonia
  • When rats infest the Palace a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse. - China
  • Keep no more cats than will catch the mice. - Portugal
  • A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope - Middle East
  • A peasant between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. - Catalonia
  • It is better to feed one cat than many mice. - Norway
  • Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat. - Iran
  • It is a bold mouse that nestles in the cat’s ear. - Albania
  • What is born of a cat will catch mice. - England
  • If the cat’s whiskers are gone, the mouse will not be afraid of it anymore. - Iran
  • If the cat were a hen, it too would lay eggs. - Germany
  • A cat is nobody’s fool. - Spain
  • A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat. - Ethiopia
  • When the mice meet cats, their soul are scattered; lambs soften their muscles encountering tigers. - China
  • The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry. - France
  • Curiosity killed the cat. Satisfaction brought it back, that's why the cat has nine lives. - England
  • It does not matter if a cat is black or white as long as it catches the mice. - China
  • Cat hides claw, upon seeing grill changes behaviour. - unknown
  • When the cat has gone, the mice will straighten their backs. - China
  • An old cat will not learn how to dance. - Morrocco
  • In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats. - England
  • After eating nine hundred rats, the cat is now going on a pilgrimage. - India
  • When a cat is toothless, mouse dares to jump high. - Malay
  • A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays. - England
  • The cat shuts its eyes when stealing cream. - China
  • They asked the female cat why her kittens were of different colors; she said she is embarrassed to say no. - Tunisia
To cat lovers everywhere: which cat quote is your favorite?

To cat lovers everywhere: which cat quote is your favorite?

  • Happy is the home with at least one cat. - Italy
  • A blind cat catches only a dead rat. - China
  • It is for her own good that the cat purrs. - Iran
  • It takes a good many mice to kill a cat. - Denmark
  • In the eyes of a mouse, the cat is a lion. - Albania
  • To please himself only the cat purrs. - Ireland
  • You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. - Colonial
  • A cat may look at a king. - English
  • If stretching made money, all cats would be wealthy. - Ghana
  • What would a young cat do but kill a mouse? - Irish
  • Books and cats and fair-haired little girls make the best furnishing for a room. -France
  • A house without a dog or cat is the house of a scoundrel. - Portugal
  • Nature breaks through the eyes of a cat. - Iran
  • The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them. -German
  • After dark all cats are leopards. - America
  • Beware of people who dislike cats. - Iran
  • All cats are grey in the dark.
  • An old cat likes young mice. - Greek
  • He who hunts with cats will catch mice. - Danish
  • When cats are mousing, they don’t mew. - Netherlands
  • You're very foresighted, like Forsyth's cat. - England
  • A cat always knows whose meat it eats. - Russia
  • You can have no more of a cat than her skin. - England
  • Cats don’t catch the old birds. - Netherlands
  • Women are just like cats — they always land on their feet. - Iran
  • A cat will teach her young ones all the tricks, except how to jump backwards. - Netherlands
  • It is not from the love of God that the cat catches mice. - Iran
  • It's for her own good that the cat purrs. - Ireland
  • The cat always leaves her mark upon her friend. - Spain
  • You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. - Colonial
  • If a cat wants to eat her kittens, she’ll say that they look like mice. - Turkey
  • Meowing cats catch fewer mice. - Portugal
  • A good cat deserves a good rat. - France
  • Let the female cat run; the tomcat will catch her. - Germany
  • When the cat and mouse agree, the grocer is ruined. - Iran
  • The cat is a good friend, only she scratches. - Portugal

© 2021 Sherry Haynes


Liz Westwood from UK on March 27, 2021:

This is a comprehensive list. I had not realised that there were so many sayings about cats.

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