Dog is Man's Best Friend, but a Cat is...a Cat... Mysterious, unscrutable, with the wisdom of the ages in those glowing eyes and who-knows-what going on behind them? Here are some quotes about our feline co-habitators on this Earth. (Selections from The Big Book of Cats, edited by Susan Feuer)

If cats could talk...they wouldn't.
(Nan Porter)

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look of their faces whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer.
(Paula Poundstone)

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there.
(Agnes Repplier)

Cats seldom make mistakes, and they never make the same mistake twice.
(Carl Van Vechten)

When a cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it and wait until the wind changes.
(TS Eliot)

The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away.
(EW Howe)

As soon as they're out of your sight, you are out of their minds.
(Walter de la Mare)

Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you.
(Mary Bly)

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

(Eleanor Clark)

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)

I called my cat William because no shorter name fits the dignity of his character. Poor old man, he has fits now, so I call him fitz-William.
(Josh Billings)

Those who play with cats must expect to get scratched.
(Miguel de Cervantes)

If a dog jumps up 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.

(Alfred North Whitehead)

Two cats can live as cheaply as one, and their owner has twice as much fun.
(Lloyd Alexander)

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sleigh through snow.
(Jeff Valdez)

They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, "Can he name a kitten?"
(Samuel Butler)

Living with a cat is like being married to a career woman who can take domesticity or let it alone, so you'd better be nice to her.

(Margaret Cooper Gay)

Cats are designated friends.
(Norman Corwin)

The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.
(Jules Reynard)

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Happy New Year, Everyone!


  1. Mary Ricksen // January 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM  

    The look on my cats face when my DH picks her up is pure anger. She can give the nastiest looks! She likes to be petted and not picked up. Soiled brat.
    She rules the roost and bosses two big German Shepherds around like she owns the place. And she comes when she's called. Purely to see what kinda treat I will gift her with...

  2. Mary Marvella // January 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM  

    As a dog person, I loved the quotes about cats.

  3. Scarlet Pumpernickel // January 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM  

    You forgot spiteful.Cats are definitely spiteful. Once had a tomcat who had a bad habit of dashing in the door when it opened. He got the last two inches of his tail cut off when I ran out the door and he ran in. He bided him time and peed all over my biology book and notebook. There was no getting the smell out of those books.

  4. Nightingale // January 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM  

    Great quotes. I am catless now but once had several (barn cats). Thanks for sharing.

  5. Beth Trissel // January 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM  

    I love my kitties. Also love dogs.

  6. Josie // January 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM  

    There are "Dog" people and "Cat" people. I am a "Cat" person and really enjoyed your post.