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Great Cat Quotations

My wife was looking at the tag cloud in the sidebar of my blog and said she noticed I don't have many posts about cats. Since we're cat people, I thought I'd better do something about that!

Here's a list of great quotations about cats and a few pictures I hope you'll find amusing.

"People who hate cats in this life will come back as mice in their next life." - Faith Resnick

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

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." - unknown

"The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity." - Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

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"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." - English proverb

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

"Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." - James Herriot

"One cat leads to another." - Ernest Hemingway

"Beware of people who dislike cats." - Irish proverb

"If you yell at a cat, you’re the one who is making a fool of yourself." - unknown

"Cat people are different, to the extent that they generally are not conformists. How could they be, with a cat running their lives?" - Louis Camuti

"Cat’s motto: No matter what you’ve done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it." - unknown

"Dog's come when they're called: cats take a message and get back to you later." - Mary Bly

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." - Ellen Perry Berkeley

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweiter

"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

"Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are gods." - unknown

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

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"To err is human, to purr is feline." - Robert Byrne

"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." - Ernest Menaul

"The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron." - George F. Will

"The cat loves fish, but hates wet feet." - Medieval Proverb

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." - Unknown

"Cats aren’t clean, they’re just covered with cat spit." - John S. Nichols

"Time spent with cats is never wasted." - Colette

"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

"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." - Colonial American proverb

"No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln

"If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way." - Mark Twain

"Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True and they have many other fine qualities as well." - Missy Dizick

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - unknown

"When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days." - Bill Dana

"The trouble with a kitten is that...
It becomes a cat!" - Ogden Nash

"Cats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic." - Lilian Jackson Braun (author of The Cat Who... series)

As much as my wife and I are fans of Lilian Jackson Braun's series of The Cat Who... books, I have to say that we've seen our cats in some awfully unphotogenic poses. The following picture is a couple of cats who are modest sunbathers.

modest cats sunbathing

Our grandson Drew loves to play in water, and so his grandma Esther bought him a swimming pool. Here are several pictures of him enjoying it.

Drew in his frog pool

another pic of Drew in his pool

Drew loves spraying water

We'd enjoy hearing comments from other cat people!


"Every Bible should be bound in shoe leather." - D. L. Moody

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Dogs have owners; cats have staff.

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18 Comments on “Great Cat Quotations”

  1. #1 Michael
    on Jul 24th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I don’t like cats. Sorry. I much prefer dogs. But, to be fair, I’m not much of a pet person anyway. We all have things we like to spend money on. I prefer spending my money on other things. Additionally, even if I liked cats, I could never own one since I’m quite allergic to them. My wife is as well. Anyway, I appreciated the fact that the quotes were balanced between those that painted cats favorably and those that painted cats unfavorably.

  2. #2 Rob
    on Jul 24th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Michael. Even though I’m a cat person, I’m not oblivious to the downsides of their quirky personalities and the work they involve. I do enjoy their company, though. My mom hates cats, and so as a kid I could never have one. My wife grew up with cats. It took me a while to get used to how different they are from dogs, but once I did, I much prefer cats to dogs. Our kids grew up without a dog, and now all three of them are dog people. Go figure! 🙂

  3. #3 Lara
    on Jul 24th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Chief and I don’t have cats of our own, but we take care of a neighbor’s cat when he’s out of town. Said cat has us both suitably under his control and we love him for it 🙂

  4. #4 Jessica
    on Jul 24th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Here are some comparing cats and dogs:

    Dog: They feed me, love me and take care of me: they must be gods!
    Cat: They feed me, love me and take care of me: I must be a god! – Unknown

    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

  5. #5 Laura
    on Jul 25th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Looks like Drew got a bathing suit to match his swimming pool!

  6. #6 Leilani
    on Jul 25th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    We’ve had cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, frogs, fish, lizards, snakes, and children. Cats are the easiest to care for by far!

  7. #7 susan ridley
    on Jul 25th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Cats rule; dogs drool! ‘Nuf said!

  8. #8 Jami
    on Jul 25th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    sorry. we’re dog people. no comments to make…or at least none that i will put in writing! 🙂

  9. #9 Rob
    on Jul 25th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Jami, that’s hilarious! Your sister-in-law’s earlier comment was pro-cat. You two will have to work this out between you. 🙂

  10. #10 Carrie
    on Jul 25th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    The modest cats are hilarious. My family had a cat and a dog, and I like both.

  11. #11 Sharon
    on Jul 25th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    We grew up not being able to have pets.
    Somehow, the quiet mystery of a cat is intrigues me…so we have had several cats.
    You forgot the quote: Dogs have masters; Cats have staff.
    I have read that Hitler hated cats and loved dogs…..hmmmmmmmmmm.

  12. #12 Matt
    on Jul 26th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I like cats; they taste like chicken. 🙂

    I could go on, but I shall refrain. Apparently your old nature still clings to you, Rob. You like cats…..

  13. #13 Michael
    on Jul 28th, 2008 at 8:48 am


    If you own a cat and all your kids have dogs, then perhaps it’s true what they say:

    “The grass is always greener . . . when you have dogs.” 🙂

  14. #14 Guillaume
    on Jul 29th, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Just to finish your Cat Who quote: Cats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic… except when they are being photographed!
    The perversity of man is second only to that of cats.

  15. #15 Jessica Fitz Thompson
    on Jul 31st, 2008 at 10:21 am

    How’s this – I love cats so much that I keep two even though I’m allergic to them. I can’t find who it was that said, “God gave us the cat so that we may pet the tiger,” but it’s certainly true. Dogs can’t claim anything so noble as the lion or the cheetah as a relation. I wonder if you’ve seen the “Simon’s Cat” short cartoons http://www.youtube.com/user/simonscat
    They’re definitely made by a cat owner!

  16. #16 Deb
    on Jul 31st, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Hi Rob…sorry…no cat people live in our house. We recently saw a stray cat in our country neighborhood that was unfortunately probably dropped off, and it kept hanging around. I could not get that cat to “scat!” and was ready to catch it in a live trap and drop it off someplace until our neighbors adopted it, unfortunately. I’m hoping they make it an inside cat so it stays on their side of the fence. I’m keeping my trap handy (altho I grew up knowing a cat’s real home is a burlap sack). Sorry, Rob. 🙂

  17. #17 JD
    on Aug 30th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve lived with cats all my life and never realized what a wonderful and practical addition to the family a dog could be until I got one. He loves us and loves the cats. I never have to feed him and I no longer have to clean the cat litter pans!


  18. #18 Rob
    on Aug 30th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    It’s great to read all the different comments concerning cats – some loving them and some hating them! 😀

    I let the comments get far ahead of me on this one, and to reply to each one would make my comment too long. Just a few targeted replies, though…

    Matt, do you and Melissa have people over for dinner often?

    Michael, the grass may be greener, but the bushes often end up browner.

    Deb, I’m shocked! A burlap sack?!

    JD, I hope you never let that dog of yours lick your face!