Quotations about Cats

I’ve been collecting quotations for years and figured I’d put my collections online for others to use as they wish. Enjoy these quotations, use the comment form to share any quotations about cats you don’t find here.

Dogs come when they are called. Cats take a message and get back to you.
- Mary Bly

When the cat and mouse agree, the grocer is ruined.
- Persian Proverb

Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.
- Oliver Herford

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
- Jeff Valdez

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
- Steven Wright

Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.
- Sir Julian Huxley

Cat: a soft indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
- Ambrose Bierce

I do not know what the cat can have eaten. Usually I know exactly what the cat has eaten. Not only have I fed it to the cat, at the cat’s insistence, but the cat has thrown it up on the rug, and someone has tracked it all the was over on to the other rug. I do not know why cats are such habitual vomiters. They do not seem to enjoy it, judging by the sounds they make while doing it. It’s their nature. A dog is going to bark. A cat is going to vomit.
- Roy Blount Jr.

A man who was loved by 300 woman singled me out to live with him. Why? I was the only one without a cat.
- Elaine Boosler

Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched.
- Cervantes

No man ever dared to manifest his boredom so insolently as does a Siamese tomcat when he yawns in the face of his amorously importunate wife.
- Aldous Huxley

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
- Garrison Keillor

All cats are grey in the dark.
- Spanish Proverb

Are cats lazy? Well, more power to them if they are. Which one of us has not entertained the dream of doing just as he likes, when and how he likes, and as much as he likes?
- Fernand Mery

When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
- Michel de Montaigne

People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. These people adore being ignored.
- Henry Morgan

It is 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 that it is often hard to tell the people and the cats apart.
- P.J. O’Rourke

A baited cat may grow as fierce as a lion.
- Samuel Palmer

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

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

The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.
- Doug Larson

If a cat spoke, it would say things like “Hey, I don’t see the problem here.”
- Roy Blount, Jr.

I have never married because I have three pets at home that answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog that growls every morning, a parrot that swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.
- Marie Corelli

The cat in gloves catches no mice.
- Benjamin Franklin

The first thing any comedian does on getting an unscheduled laugh is to verify the state of his buttons; the second is to look around and see if a cat has walked out on stage.
- Alva Johnston

Never try to outstubborn a cat.
- Lazarus Long

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
- Hugh MacLennan

Never wear anything that panics the cat.
- P. J. O’Rourke

Be careful to get out of an experience all the wisdom that is in it—not like the cat that sits down on a hot stove. 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

Fiddle, n. An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse’s tail on the entrails of a cat.
- Ambrose Bierce

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
- Hugh MacLennan

A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime.
- Mark Twain

I saw a cat yesterday with 4 legs – and yet it was only a yellow cat, and rather small, too, for its size. They were not all fore legs – several of them were hind legs; indeed almost a majority of them were.
- Mark Twain

If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
- Mark Twain

One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
- Mark Twain

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
- Leonardo Da Vinci

Cats don’t like change without their consent.
- Roger A. Caras

A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand.
- Yakaoka Genrin

Whenever the cat of the house is black, the lasses of lovers will have no lack.
- Folk Saying

Another cat? Perhaps. For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown. But a family cat is not replaceable like a worn out 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

If you want to know the character of a man, find out what his cat thinks of him.
- Anonymous

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 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

Even the stupidest cat seems to know more than any dog.
- Eleanor Clark

Catnip is vodka and whisky to most cats.
- Carl Van Vechten

A cat’s rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.
- William S. Burroughs

Cats are designated friends.
- Norman Corwin

They sleep in the bed and go in and out of the cat door all night – I shudder to think what the laundry thinks we do to our sheets, because it’s a sea of mud some nights. If they go in and out a lot all you get are little black pawprints.
- Sian Phillips

Animals are not brethren, they’re not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.
- Henry Beston

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering, outspoken, honest fellow – but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
- Colette

In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods. They have never forgotten this.
- Terry Pratchett

Dogs have masters; cats have staff.
- Unknown

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