Cats Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cats quotes, cats sayings, and cats proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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
Cats come and go without ever leaving. Martha Curtis
A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope. Arab Proverb
The cat is mighty dignified until the dog comes by. Southern Folk Saying
I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. Hippolyte Taine
Keep an eye on the cat and another on the frying pan. Proverb
All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws. Chinese Proverb
What greater gift than the love of a cat? Charles Dickens
If only cats grew into kittens. Robert A. M. Stern
No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. Abraham Lincoln
Time spent with cats is never wasted. Sigmund Freud
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in. Will Rogers
Cats are designated friends. Norman Corwin
A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it. Joseph Epstein
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. Jeff Valdez
Cats never strike a pose that isn't photogenic. Lillian Jackson Braun
A cat that jumps on a hot stove will never jump on a hot stove again. Neither will it jump on a cold stove. Michael Cameron
Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties. W.L George
As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. Ellen Perry Berkeley
Cats are always elegant. John Weitz
A cat can purr its way out of anything. Donna Mccrohan
Cats are at home everywhere where one feeds them. German Proverb
Happy is the home with at least one cat. Italian Proverb
A cat pent up becomes a lion. PROVERBS
You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense. Jane Pauley
Cats are connoisseurs of comfort. James Herriot
Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. Garrison Keillor
Cats will outsmart dogs every time. John Grogan
Scalded cats fear even cold water. Thomas Fuller
One of the ways in which cats show happiness is by sleeping. Cleveland Amory
Cats are connoisseurs of comfort. James Herriot
Who will not feed the cats must feed the mice and rats. German Proverb
The quiet cat catches the mouse. Japanese Proverb
It is better to feed one cat than to feed many mice. Norweigan Proverb
He has a good pledge of the cat who has her skin. French Proverb
Cats can obviously rise to considerable mental heights, at least when they want to satisfy their lower instincts. Akif Pirincci and Rolf Degen
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia. Joseph Wood Krutch
Cat said, 'I am not a friend, and I am not a servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself.' Rudyard Kipling
It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens...that whatever you say to them, they always purr. Lewis Carroll
Cats invented self-esteem. Erma Bombeck
All cats were at first wild, but were at length tamed by the industry of mankind; it is a Beast of prey, even the tame one, more especially the wild, it being the opinion of many nothing but a diminutive Lyon. William Salmon
Scratching, petting, or rubbing to a cat is a sign of unending, in fact unendable, infancy. Roger Caras
The cat is not in the long run anxious to please. T.O.Beachcroft
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
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
Movement is terribly important to a cat...Nothing works quite so well as an object of jumpable size moving away. For cats, that is virtually impossible to resist. Roger Caras
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. Joseph Wood Krutch
Confront a cat with something he has never seen before and his first reaction will almost invariably be one not of fear but of curiosity. Michael Joseph
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
Cats have a consuming passion for watching human beings. Akif Pirincci and Rolf Degen
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
A cat is not merely diverted by everything that moves but is convinced that all nature is occupied exclusively with catering to her diversion. Francois Auguste Paradis de Moncrif
Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest. Camille Paglia
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she isn't amusing herself with me more than I am with her? Montaigne
Cats, no less liquid than their shadows, / Offer no angels to the wind. / They slip, diminished, neat, through loopholes / Less than themselves. A.S.J. Tessimond
Cats seem to go on a principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. Joseph Wood Krutch
Cats, I always think, only lump into your lap to check if you are cold enough, yet, to eat. Anne Enright
If a fish is a movement embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air. Doris Lessing
No cat purrs unless someone is around to listen. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Cat: A deceitful animal and when enraged extremely spiteful. Noah Webster
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 its title? Mark Twain
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 people that it is often hard to tell the people and the cats apart. PJ O'Rourke
If the cat waits for long hours, silent beside the crack of the wainscot, it is for pure pleasure. Cats do not keep the mice away; it is my belief that they preserve them for the chase. Oswald Barron
Anyone who has lived on terms of comparative equality with a cat knows that he will show his intelligence fifty times a day. To be sure this intelligence is usually of the variety called selfish. Carl Van Vechten