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77 Cat Quotes that are the Cats meow!


Here is a collection of some of our favorite quotes about Cats. They are from a wide range of people including Leoardo DaVinci, Lewis Caroll, W.C. Fields and Groucho Marx to name a few. They all had some very interesting things to say about our feline friends.

We enjoy reading through them every once in a while and though you appreciate us sharing them with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Do you have some of you own favorite quotes? Please share them with us in the comments.

Cat Quotes - Jade

The official ‘Band of Cats’ list of Cat Quotes.

1. As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.
Cleveland Amory

2. Everything comes to those who wait… except a cat.
Mario Andretti

3. Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.
Sri Aurobindo

4. 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

5. I had the X rating on my films. Now they do as much on The Simpsons as I got an X rating for Fritz the Cat (link to Cartoon Cats post).
Ralph Bakshi

6. I hope we don’t get to the point where we have to have the cat stop chasing the mouse to teach him glassblowing and basket weaving.
Joseph Barbera

7. Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
William Bennett

8. That’s what the cat said to the canary when he swallowed him – ‘You’ll be all right.’
Alvah Bessie

9. My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.
Anthony Bourdain

10. A cat can maintain a position of curled up somnolence on your knee until you are nearly upright. To the last minute she hopes your conscience will get the better of you and you will settle down again.
Pam Brown

Cat Quotes - Jasmine

11. One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.
Pam Brown

12. The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don’t buy love for nothing.
William S. Burroughs

13. 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

14. My daughter has a cat and I feed it.
David Byrne

15. ‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.’
Lewis Carroll

16. A cat, I am told, has nine lives. If that is true, I know how a cat feels.
Caryl Chessman

17. A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
Lord Chesterfield

18. When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web… Now even my cat has its own page.
William J. Clinton

19. Everybody started saying, well, this cat’s not as dumb as people think he is.
David Allan Coe

20. I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.
Marie Corelli

Cat Quotes - Spooky

21. But if you really want to learn about life, get a cat. The way I think people should relate to animals is with a cat. Because the world is his.
James Cromwell

22. If a cat does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence.
Will Cuppy

23. When I played in the sandbox, the cat kept covering me up.
Rodney Dangerfield

24. I think cats are fantastic.
Danielle Dax

25. If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.
Martin Delany

26. The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath.
W. C. Fields

27. If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave.
Theophile Gautier

28. The cat is a dilettante in fur.
Theophile Gautier

29. It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal… one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
Theophile Gautier

30. No matter how hard you try to teach your cat general relativity, you’re going to fail.
Brian Greene

Cat Quotes - Dax

31. You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, ‘What’s in it for me?’
Lewis Grizzard

32. Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
Robert A. Heinlein

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

34. A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.
Dean Inge

35. The first cat I had was a stray one, I found it outside an ice-cream parlour and called it Baskin. After that there was no stopping me.
Nafisa Joseph

36. A dog is like a liberal. He wants to please everybody. A cat really doesn’t need to know that everybody loves him.
William Kunstler

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

38. If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
Doris Lessing

39. Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.
Harry Lorayne

Cat Quotes - Spooky

40. A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
Groucho Marx

41. There are three things I don’t like. Crazy kids, crazy cars and birds. The first two I avoid, the last I eat. Oh. Me, I’m a cat.
Mark McKinney

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

43. In nine lifetimes, you’ll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.
Michel de Montaigne

44. The trouble with a kitten is that when it grows up, it’s always a cat.
Ogden Nash

45. We have a saying in France. A dog doesn’t make a cat.
Yannick Noah

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

47. When you’re special to a cat, you’re special indeed, she brings to you the gift of her preference of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand.
Lester B. Pearson

48. A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him.
William Lyon Phelps

49. I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
Edgar Allan Poe

50. The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.
Jules Renard

Cat Quotes - Jade

51. It was so cold today that I saw a dog chasing a cat, and the dog was walking.
Mickey Rivers

52. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in.
Will Rogers

53. My cat speaks sign language with her tail.
Robert A. M. Stern

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

55. Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat..
Mark Twain

56. A cat is never vulgar.
Carl Van Vechten

57. As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not.
Carl Van Vechten

58. The cat, it is well to remember, remains the friend of man because it pleases him to do so and not because he must.
Carl Van Vechten

59. There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage.
Carl Van Vechten

60. I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
Jules Verne

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

62. “In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.”
English Proverb

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

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

Cat Quotes - Jasmine

65. It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that whatever you say to them, they always purr.
Lewis Carroll

66. 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

67. I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.
Raymond Chandler

68. Take a cat, nourish it well with milk
And tender meat, make it a couch of silk,
But let it see a mouse along the wall
And it abandones milk and meat and all.
Chaucer

69. I love my cats because I love my home, and little by little they become its visible soul.
Jean Cocteau

70. Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
Robertson Davies

71. The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
Leonardo DaVinci

72. Never try to outstubborn a cat.
Robert A. Heinlein

73. If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of cats.
Aldous Huxley

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

75. Bragging is not an attractive trait, but let’s be honest. A man who catches a big fish doesn’t go home through an alley.
Ann Landers

76. It’s too dangerous a journey to risk the cat’s life.
Charles A. Lindbergh

77. When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime for her more than she is to me?
Michel de Montaigne

78. Possess the eye of an eagle, the cunning of a fox, the agility and alertness of a cat with the courage, aggressiveness and fierceness of a panther, the striking power of a cobra and the resistance of a mongoose.
Bruce Lee

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