Cat quotes

Humans have always been fascinated, inspired, and delighted by cats. We have collected some of our favourite quotes from cat lovers here.

There is no such thing as “just a cat”.

Robert A. Heinlein

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

Theophile Gautier

Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.

Pam Brown

Cats love fish, but won’t touch the water.

Roman saying

After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.

Charlotte Gray

Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.

Sir Walter Scott

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

Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs.

Desmond Morris

I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.

Bill Dana

Sleeping together is a euphemism for people, but tantamount to marriage with cats.

Marge Percy

If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.

J.A. McIntosh

The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal….it’s also the reason they hate birds.

K.C. Buffington

The cat is the only animal without visible means of support who still manages to find a living in the city.

Carl van Vechten

People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around.

Susan Easterly

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course, he wants care and shelter. You don’t buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.

William S. Burroughs

He seems the incarnation of everything soft and silky and velvety, without a sharp edge in his composition, a dreamer whose philosophy is sleep and let sleep.


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

Jules Verne

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

Louis J. Camuti

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

Doug Larson

In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat.

Warren Eckstein

A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime.

Mark Twain

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.

Margaret Mead

I think all cats are wild. They only act tame if there’s a saucer of milk in it for them.

Douglas Adams

Siamese Cats have a way of staring at you. Those who have walked in on the Queen cleaning her teeth will know the expression.

Douglas Adams

I gave my cat 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

I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.

George Mikes

Dogs come when they’re called. Cats take a message and get back to you.

Mary Bly

For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat.


I love cats because I love my home and after a while, they become its visible soul.

Jean Cocteau

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats.

Albert Schweitzer

There are few things in life more heart-warming than to be welcomed by a cat.

Tay Hohoff

God made the cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger.

Fernand Mery

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.

Jeff Valdez

Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.

Jim Davis

There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.

Dan Greenberg

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

Leonardo da Vinci

Cats regard people as warm blooded furniture.

Jacquelyn Mitchard

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