180 Cat Quotes That Will Touch Your Heart

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1. “In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods—they have not forgotten this.” – Terry Pratchett
2. “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 humankind.” – Cleveland Amory
3. “The memories and paw print of a beloved cat remains in our heart and soul forever.” – Anonymous
4. “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life—music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer
5. “I love cats because I enjoy my home, and little by little, they become its visible soul.” – Jean Cocteau
6. “When Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.” – Seanan McGuire
7. “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” – James Herriot
8. “As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.” – Ellen Perry Berkeley
9. “Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.” – W. L. George
10. “Cats have it all—admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.” – Rod McKuen
11. “A cat has absolute emotional honesty. Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” –
12. “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud
13. “In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.” – Anonymous
14. “A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.” – Theophile Gautier
15. “I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” – Bill Dana
16. “How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.” – Robert A. Heinlein
17. “I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” – Hippolyte Taine
18. “The phrase ‘domestic cat’ is an oxymoron.” – George Will
19. “One cat just leads to another.” – Ernest Hemingway
20. “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens
21. “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” – Leonardo da Vinci
22. “A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.” – Robert Southey
23. “I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne
24. “Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” – Jim Davis
25. “Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.” – William S. Burroughs
26. “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Mark Twain
27. “There are no ordinary cats.” – Colette
28. “Dogs eat. Cats dine.” – Anne Taylor
29. “You know a real friend? Someone you know will look after your cat after you are gone.” – William S. Burroughs
30. “Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” – Mary Bly
31. “I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are too good and unselfish, they make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.” – L.M. Montgomery
32. “The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal—or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.” – Elizabeth Peters
33. “Cats, like men, are flatterers.” – Walter Savage Landor
34. “Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailingly ingenious in that respect.” – James Mason
35. “A dog will flatter you, but you have to flatter the cat.” – George Mikes 
36. “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein
37. “If a dog jumps into 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.” – A.N. Whitehead
38. “For a man to truly , he must first be ignored by a cat.” – Anonymous
39. “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
40. “Cats’ hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other.” – Stephen Baker
41. “The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world.” – Lynn M. Osband
42. “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
43. “It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.” – Agnes Repplier
44. “Cats rule the world.” – Jim Davis
45. “Perhaps, one reason we are fascinated by cats is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. Unlike the dog, the cat’s personality is never bet on a human’s. He demands acceptance on his own terms.” – Lloyd Alexander
46. “Owners of dogs will have noticed that if you provide them with food, and water, and shelter, and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that if you provide them with food, and water, and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.” – Christopher Hitchens
47. “Cats will outsmart dogs every time.” – John Grogan
48. “Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.” – Joseph Wood Krutch
49. “I used to love dogs until I discovered cats.” – Nafisa Joseph
50. “A cat will do what it wants when it wants, and there’s not a thing you can do about it.” – Frank Perkins
51. “All cats like being the focus of attention.” – Peter Gray
52. “A cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization.” – Anonymous
53. “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
54. “I have lived with several masters—all of them cats.” – Eckhart Tolle
55. “People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. These people adore being ignored.” – Sir Henry Morgan
56. “Throw a stick, and the servile dog wheezes and pants and stumbles to bring it to you. Do the same before a cat, and he will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement. And just as inferior people prefer the inferior animal which scampers excitedly because someone else wants something, so do superior people respect the superior animal which lives its own life and knows that the puerile stick-throwings of alien bipeds are none of its business and beneath its notice.” – H.P. Lovecraft
57. “Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.” – Anonymous
58. “Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place.” – Paul Gray
59. “Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” – Jeff Valdez
60. “You can’t own a cat. The best you can do is be partners.” – Sir Harry Swanson
61. “There are many intelligent species in the universe—they are all owned by cats.” – Anonymous
62. “Cats choose us, we don’t own them.” – Kristin Cast
63. “A happy arrangement—many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats.” – Mason Cooley
64. “People who don’t like cats were probably mice in an earlier life.” – Anonymous
65. “In nine lifetimes, you’ll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.” – Michel de Montaigne
66. “Dogs have owners, cats have staff.” – Anonymous
67. “Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.” – Robertson Davies
68. “Of course, maybe I’d end up like one of those crazy old people with, like, sixty cats. And one day, the neighbors would complain about the smell, and it would turn out I’d died and the cats had eaten me. Still, it might be nice to have a cat.” – Alex Flinn
69. “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
70. “You can keep a dog, but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.” – George Mikes
71. “Cats do care. For example, they know instinctively what time we have to be at work in the morning and they wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off.” – Michael Nelson
72. “Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.” – Neil Gaiman
73. “Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.” – Terry Pratchett
74. “The key to a successful new relationship between a cat and a human is patience.” – Susan Easterly
75. “If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.” – Nan Porter
76. “Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has purpose.” – Garrison Keillor
77. “Everything I know I learned from my cat. When you’re hungry, eat. When you’re tired, nap in a sunbeam. When you go to the vet’s, pee on your owner.” – Gary Smith
78. “A kitten is the delight of a household. All day long, a comedy is played out by an incomparable actor.” – Champfleury
79. “If cats could write history, their history would be mostly about cats.” – Eugen Weber
80. “The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.” – Paula Poundstone
81. “The cat is, above all things, a dramatist.” – Margaret Benson
82. “Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.” – Pam Brown
83. “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
84. “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” – Winston S. Churchill
85. “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
86. “My cat is not insane, she’s just a really good actress.” – P.C. Cast
87. “I think that the world should be full of cats and full of rain, that’s all, just
cats and rain, rain and cats. Very nice, good night.” –
88. “Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched.” – Miguel de Cervantes
89. “If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh.” – Pat Hitchcock
90. “A meow massages the heart.” – Stuart McMillan
91. “Just watching my cats can make me happy.” – Paula Cole
92. “She clawed her way into my heart and wouldn’t let go.” – Missy Altijd
93. “All you need is love and a cat.” – Anonymous
94. “People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around.” – Susan Easterly
95. “I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.” – James Herriot
96. “I love my cats more than I love most people. Probably more than is healthy.” – Amy Lee
97. “There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.” – Tay Hohoff
98. “Yearning for love made her feel like a cat that was always twining around ankles, meowing, ‘Pet me, pet me, look at me, love me.’” – Laini Taylor
99. “Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat’s chest and felt his heart beating. The pulse was faint and fast, but his heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small body with all the restless earnestness of my own.” – Haruki Murakami 
100. “After all, a woman who doesn’t love cats is never going to make a man happy.” –  Orhan Pamuk
101. “I don’t hold with cruelty to cats.” – Terry Pratchett
102. “A cat doesn’t care if you are smart or dumb, give him your heart and he will give you his.” – Abraham Lincoln
103. “Your house will always be blessed with love, laughter, and friendship if you have a cat.” –
104. “My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.” – William S. Burroughs
105. “No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.” – Leo Dworken
106. “When the cat you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Anonymous
107. “Sometimes, losing a pet is more painful than losing a human,because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” – Amy Sedaris
108. “Heaven will never be paradise unless my cats are there waiting for me.” – Anonymous
109. “No one can truly understand the bond we form with the cats we love until they experience the loss of one.” – Anonymous
110. “The loss of a cat is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.” – Anonymous
111. “If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.” – Pam Brown
112. “May memories of love and friendship maintain and comfort you in the loss of your beloved cat.” – Anonymous
113. “One day, all the cats we’ve ever loved will all come running towards us, and that day will be a good day.” – Anonymous
114. “You can not look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.” – Jane Pauley
115. “I’m not sure why I like cats so much. I mean, they’re really cute, obviously. They are both wild and domestic at the same time.” – Michael Showalter
116. “Kittens are angels with whiskers.” – Alexis Flora Hope
117. “No home is complete without the pitter patter of kitty feet.” – Anonymous
118. “It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.” – Cynthia E. Varnado
119. “The trouble with sharing one’s bed with cats is that they’d rather sleep on you than beside you.” – Pam Brown
120. “‘Meow’ means ‘woof’ in cat.” –
121. “When I am feeling low, all I have to do is watch my cats, and my courage returns.” –  Charles Bukowski
122. “I regard cats as one of the great joys in the world. I see them as a gift of the highest order.” – Trisha McCagh
123. “There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.” – Anonymous
124. “The only thing a cat worries about is what’s happening right now.” – Lloyd Alexander
125. “Never try to outstubborn a cat.” – Robert A. Heinlein
126. “If cats looked like frogs, we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style—that’s what people remember.” – Terry Pratchett
127. “I take care of my flowers and my cats, and enjoy food—and that’s living.” – Ursula Andress
128. “A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.” – William Ralph Inge
129. “No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” – Abraham Lincoln
130. “Curiosity killed the cat.” – Ben Johnson
131. “I wish that my writing was as mysterious as a cat.” –
132. “You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way—you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.” – Albert Einstein
133. “I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.” – William Shakespeare
134. “By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer.” – Colette
135. “My dear, I’m a cat. Everything I see is mine.” – Muffin
136. “Well then, you see, a dog growls when it’s angry, and wags its tail when it’s pleased. Now, I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.” – Cat, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
137. “You fuck! You ate my cat!” – Kendare Blake
138. “I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.” – Peter S. Beagle
139. “Me-ehh-uf-ow.” – P.C. Cast
140. “I’m a cat. We aren’t required to make sense.” – Seanan McGuire
141. “‘And then there were cats,’ thought Dog. He’d surprised the huge ginger cat from next door and had attempted to reduce it to cowering jelly by means of the usual glowing stare and deep-throated growl, which had always worked on the damned in the past. This time they had earned him a whack on the nose that had made his eyes water. Cats, Dog considered, were clearly a lot tougher than lost souls. He was looking forward to a further cat experiment, which he planned would consist of jumping around and yapping excitedly at it. It was a long shot, but it just might work.” – Terry Pratchett
142. “She sights a bird, she chuckles. She flattens, then she crawls. She runs without the look of feet, her eyes increase to balls.” – Emily Dickinson
143. “Cats speak only to those who know how to listen.” – Sigmund Freud
144. “The dog barks, and begs, and tumbles to amuse you when you crack the whip. That pleases a meekness-loving peasant who relishes a stimulus to his self importance. The cat, on the other hand, charms you into playing for its benefit when it wishes to be amused, making you rush about the room with a paper on a string when it feels like exercise, but refusing all your attempts to make it play when it is not in the humor. That is personality, and individuality, and self-respect—the calm mastery of a being whose life is its own and not yours—and the superior person recognizes and appreciates this, because he too is a free soul whose position is assured, and whose only law is his own heritage and aesthetic sense.” – H.P. Lovecraft
145. “Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.” – Mason Cooley
146. “Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash—that one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” – Mark Twain
147. “Cats don’t have names. Now, you people have names, that’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.” – Neil Gaiman
148. “A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and wasn’t ever going to grow dim or doubtful.” – Mark Twain
149. “It is good to be a cynic, it is better to be a contented cat, and it is best not to exist at all.” – H.P. Lovecraft
150. “That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.” – Ray Bradbury
151. “In its flawless grace and superior self-sufficiency, I have seen a symbol of the perfect beauty and bland impersonality of the universe itself, objectively considered, and in its air of silent mystery there resides for me all the wonder and fascination of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft
152. “If the cat did not sit on the mat, quietly symbolizing all that man may achieve, silently influencing mankind towards domesticity and decent behavior; it is very doubtful if men could ever have emerged from savagery.” – T.O. Beachcraft
153. “Human beings are drawn to cats because they are all we are not—self-contained, elegant in everything they do, relaxed, assured, glad of company, yet still possessing secret lives.” – Pam Brown
154. “A lie is like a cat—you need to stop it before it gets out the door, or it’s really hard to catch.” – Charles M. Blow
155. “A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.” – Hazel Nicholson
156. “Cats are only human; they have their faults.” – Kingsley Amis
157. “Cats and dogs believe politicians are like cemetery caregivers—they are on top of everyone, but nobody listens.” – Rita Mae Brown
158. “Making movies is like herding cats.” – Eric Fellner
159. “A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.” – Benjamin Franklin
160. “Every cat is my best friend.” – Anonymous
161. “Of all the things God created, from sunrises and rainbows, to black holes and humor, cats are the most fascinating to me.” – Jarod Kintz
162. “I gave my cats a bath the other day, they love it. He sat there, he enjoyed it, it was fun for me. The fur would stick to my tongue, but other than that…” – Steve Martin
163. “It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens that whatever you say to them, they always purr.” – Alice
164. “There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten.” – Jules Champfleury
165. “Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.” – Sir Walter Scott
166. “The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” – Jules Renard
167. “Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.” – Missy Dizick
168. “’Meow’ is like ‘aloha’—it can mean anything.” – Hank Ketchum
169. “To err is human, to purr is feline.” – Robert Byrne
170. “A cat can purr its way out of anything.” – Donna McCrohan
171. “One day, I was counting the cats, and I absent-mindedly counted myself.” –  Bobbie Ann Mason
172. “You cannot live with a paw in each world.” – Erin Hunter
173. “I sometimes longed for someone who, like me, had not adjusted perfectly with his age, and such a person was hard to find; but I soon discovered cats, in which I could imagine a condition like mine, and books, where I found it quite often.” – Julio Cortázar
174. “Never trust a man who hates cats.” – Jane Pauley
175. “If you want to write, keep cats.” – Aldous Huxley 
176. “Artists like cats, soldiers like dogs.” – Desmond Morris
177. “If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr.” – Barbara L. Diamond
178. “You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.” – Colonial American Proverb
179. “I would like to see anyone—prophet, king, or God—convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” – Neil Gaiman