Two cats can live as cheaply as one, and
their owner has twice as much fun.
In the middle of a world that has always
been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence.
Passion for place - there is no greater
urge in feline nature.
Cats, by means of their whiskers, seem to
possess something like an additional sense: these have, perhaps, some analogy to
the antennae of moths and butterflies.
Dogs come when they're called; cats take a
message and get back to you later.
In order to keep a true perspective of
one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat
that will ignore him.
"All of the animals,
excepting man, know the principal business of life is to enjoy it."
Work - other people's work - is an
intolerable idea to a cat. Can you picture cats herding sheep or agreeing to
pull a cart? They will not inconvenience themselves to the slightest degree.
The cat is the mirror of the
human mind, personality and attitude, just as the dog mirrors his human's
"A little drowsing
cat is an image of perfect beatitude."
Time spent with cats is never wasted
If a cat does something, we call it
instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence.
There are people who reshape the world by
force or argument, but the cat just lies there, dozing; and the world quietly
reshapes itself to suit his comfort and convenience.
"A cat has a reputation
to protect. If it had a halo, it would be worn cocked to one side."
Some cats is blind, and stone-deaf some,
But ain't no cat wuz ever dumb
What is the appeal about
cats?" he said kindly. "I've always wanted to know." "They
don't care i you like them. They haven't the slightest notion of gratitude, and
they never pretend. They take what you have to offer, and away they go.
It is a matter to gain the affection of a
cat. He is a philosophical animal, tenacious of his own habits, fond of order
and neatness, and disinclined to extravagant sentiment. He will be your friend,
if he finds you worthy of friendship, but not your slave.
"Cats know how to obtain food without
labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties."
Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for
they are subtle and will piss on your computer.
The really great thing about cats is their
endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color
scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur; whatever color it may be,
there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls.
Wild beast he created later,
Women and cats will do as they please, and
men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
One cat just leads to another.
Cats are rather delicate
creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one
who suffered from insomnia.
Cats seem to go on the principle that is
never does any harm to ask for what you want.
The cat could very well be
man's best friend, but he would never stoop to admit it.
No matter how much cats fight, there always
seem to be plenty of kittens
Cats are possessed of a shy, retiring
nature, cajoling, haughty, and capricious, difficult to fathom. They reveal
themselves only to certain favored individuals, and are repelled by the faintest
suggestion of insult or even by the most trifling deception.
I think it would be great
to be a cat! You come and go as you please. People always feed and pet you. They
don't expect much of you. You can play with them, and when you've had enough,
you go away. You can pick and choose who you want to be around. You can't ask
for more than that.
A CAT'S PRAYER:
The cat has too much spirit to have no
You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who
keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.
Artists like cats, soldiers like dogs.
Cats don't belong to people. They belong to
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.
wildcat is the 'real' cat, the soul of the domestic cat, unknowable to human
beings, yet he exists inside our household pets, who have long ago seduced us
with their seemingly civilized ways."
Its 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.
probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific
absolute in the world.
Bastet sat perched on the rim of the tub, watching me through slitted golden
eyes. She was fascinated by baths. I suppose total immersion in water must have
seemed to her a peculiar method of cleansing oneself.
A cat pours his body on the floor like
water. It is restful just to see him.
A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing
about like mad at nothing whatsoever, and generally stopping before it gets
A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in
the world. Its wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth. It darts madly at
nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in the pursuit, prances
sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous agility and zeal.
People that hate cats will come back as
mice in their next life.
Watch a cat when it enters a room for the
first time. It searches and smells about, it is not quiet for a moment, it
trusts nothing until it has examined and made acquaintance with everything.
The fog comes
Now, as you all know, there is nothing a
cat dislikes so much as water; just watch your kitty shake her paws daintily
when she steps into a puddle, and see how disgusted she is if a drop of water
falls on her nose and back.
A cat sleeps fat, yet walks thin.
There are two means of refuge from the
miseries of life: music and cats.
A kitten is a rosebud in the garden of the
It is in the nature of cats to do a certain
amount of unescorted roaming.
To escort a cat on a leash is against the
nature of the cat.
A human may go for a stroll with a cat; he
has to walk a dog. The cat leads the way, running ahead, tail high, making sure
you understand the arrangement. If you should happen to get ahead, the cat will
never allow you to think it is following you. It will stop and clean some
hard-to-reach spot, or investigate a suspicious movement in the grass; you will
find yourself waiting a fidgeting like the lackey you are. But this is not
annoying to cat lovers, who understand and appreciate a good joke, even when it
is on them.
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.
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.
A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
No one can have experienced to the fullest the true sense of achievement and satisfaction who have never pursued and successfully caught his tail.
You will always be lucky if you know how to
make friends with strange cats
In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.
For he has the subtlety and hissing of a
serpent, which in goodness he suppresses.
Even a cat is a lion in her own lair.
To please himself only the cat purrs.
It's better to feed one cat than many mice.
There is no snooze button on a cat who
Special thanks to my good friend, JennyWren, for helping me compile these!
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