A cat's a cat and that's that. Photo of Maine Coon by Amelia Beth

American proverbs and sayings

  • You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.
  • When moving to a new home, always put the cat through the window instead of the door, so that it will not leave.
  • A cat's a cat and that's that.
  • After dark all cats are leopards.

English proverbs and sayings

  • In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.
  • A cat in grass is a tiger in the jungle.
  • Dogs remember faces, cats places.
  • If you stared deep into a cat's eyes, you would be able to see into the world of spirits.
  • The cat has nine lives - three for playing, three for straying, and three for staying.
  • A cat may look at a king.
  • The dog for the man, the cat for the woman
  • A cat with a straw tail keeps away from fire.

Chinese proverbs and sayings

  • All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.
  • A cat assures its owner of good luck.
  • Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat.
  • He who rides the tiger finds it difficult to dismount.
  • I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail.
  • When rats infest the Palace a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse.
  • My soul feels as disturbed as if a cat were treading my heart.

French proverbs and sayings

  • Handsome cats and fat dungheaps are the sign of a good farmer.
  • The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.
  • Books and cats and fair-haired little girls make the best furnishing for a room.
  • Cats, flies and women are ever at their toilets.
  • The cat is nature's Beauty.

Indian proverbs and sayings

  • If cats had wings there would be no ducks in the lake.
  • That cat that has its mouth burned by drinking hot milk will not drink even buttermilk without first blowing upon it.
  • A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.
  • The cat is magical and the bringer of good luck.

Irish proverbs and sayings

  • Beware of people who dislike cats.
  • Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat.
  • To kill a cat brings seventeen years of bad luck.
  • To please himself only the cat purrs.

Spanish proverbs and sayings

  • It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands.
  • The cat always leaves a mark on his friend.
  • The cat wonders at its own tail.

Various proverbs and sayings

  • "Ye shall not possess any beast, my dear sisters, except only a cat." - The Ancren Riewle (Nun's Rule)
  • African: If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich.
  • Albanian: A cat is a lion to a mouse.
    Photo by Amber Schmidt
  • Arabian: A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.
  • Arabian: The cat was created when the lion sneezed.
  • Ethiopian: A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
  • Egyptian: An overdressed woman is like a cat dressed in saffron.
  • Dutch: Those who dislike cats will be carried to the cemetery in the rain.
  • Italian: Happy is the home with at least one cat.
  • German: The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them.
  • Moroccan: An old cat will not learn how to dance.
  • Norwegian: It is better to feed one cat than many mice.
  • Persian: When the cat and mouse agree, the grocer is ruined.
  • Japan: He's as quiet as a cat.

Anonymous proverbs and sayings

  • A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand.
  • There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.
  • There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats.
  • Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.
  • No Heaven will ever Heaven be unless my cats are there to welcome me.
  • If you take even one of a cat's nine lives, it will haunt you forever.
  • I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic.
  • Curiosity was framed. Ignorance killed the cat.
  • Never feed your cat anything that doesn't match the carpet.
  • Cat's motto: "No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look as if the dog did it."
  • To respect a cat is the beginning of the aesthetic sense.
  • "Don't use cats - they'll screw up your data." - Anonymous science professor to student
  • A cat knows you are the key to his happiness... a man thinks he is.
  • "Outside of a cat, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a cat, it's too dark to read." - Sign at Lilac Hedge Bookshop, Norwich, VT
  • Dogs have owners, cats have staff.
  • Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.
  • "Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time." - advice from kids
  • You know when people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?" Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!"
  • "Humans: No fur, no paws, no tail. They run away from mice. They never get enough sleep. How can you help but love such an absurd animal?" - An anonymous cat about Homo sapiens
  • The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how he regards cats.
  • Blessed are those who love cats, for they shall never be lonely.
  • When I'm in the doghouse, my cats still come to visit.
  • A rose has thorns, a cat has claws; certainly both are worth the risk.
  • There are hundreds of good reasons for having a cat, but all you need is one.
  • A person who manages to understand a cat is qualified to understand most anything else.
  • Buy a dog a toy, and he'll play with it forever. Buy a cat a present, and it will play with the wrapper for 10 minutes.
  • Anything on the ground is a cat toy. Anything not there yet, will be.
  • Cats have amazingly keen hearing but go conveniently deaf when you call.
  • "If human, cats might play solitare, but they would never sit around with the gang and a few six-packs watching Monday Night Football." - Time Magazine, Dec.7, 1981
  • Cats have incredible vision - but they never see your flaws.
  • Cats are better than any vice. They're not fattening, dangerous, or expensive. However, they can be addictive.
  • A cat makes all the difference between coming home to an empty house and coming home.
  • Owning a cat is a good forerunner of marriage. You learn that you cannot control another living being, or expect him/her to do everything you want.
    If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse. Photo by Urs Wachter.
  • I'm not much of a cook. My favorite thing to make from scratch is a purr.
  • Nine lives added to my one life makes a perfect 10.
  • "If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse." - advice from kids
  • A cat will wait until you've read your morning paper before tearing it to shreds.
  • Some people see the glass as half empty, some as half full. I look for the cat who drank the water.
  • Life is hard. Soften yours with a cat.
  • Happiness does not light gently on my shoulder like a butterfly. She pounces on my lap, demanding that I scratch behind her ears.
  • Owning a cat is like reading a good novel - just when you think you know the main character, she'll surprise you on the very next page.
  • A thing of beauty, strength, and grace lies behind that whiskered face.
  • Cats are like music. It's foolish to try to explain their worth to those who don't appreciate them.
  • Cats whiskers are so sensitive, they can find their way through the narrowest crack in a broken heart.
  • If you want to know the character of a man, find out what his cat thinks of him.
  • Every life should have nine cats.
  • It's really the cat's house. I just pay the mortgage.
  • A cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization.
  • A cat which is kept as a household pet may properly be considered a thing of value. It ministers to the pleasures of its owner and serves with honor.
  • We have a friend who hates cats. Every time he comes to the house the cat sits on his knee.
  • For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat.
  • It's always blackest just before you step on the cat.
  • Cats are like potato chips. You can never have just one.
  • If you can remember how many cats you have, you don't have enough.
  • Cats are so unpredictable. You just never know how they'll ignore you next.
  • Never underestimate the power of a purr.
  • A cat knows exactly what you are, and treats you accordingly.
  • Children are like cats, they can tell when you don't like them. That's when they come over and violate your body space.
  • Everyone knows cats are on a higher level of existence. These silly humans are just too big-headed to admit their inferiority.
  • There is a proof for God's existence: ( S)he made cats.
  • I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted, but his or her entertainment value.
  • Some people have cats and go on to lead normal lives.
  • Cats leave pawprints on our hearts.
  • Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats.
  • Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
  • All cats look gray in the dark.
  • A cat has nine lives.
  • The cat is honest when the meat is out of her reach.
  • It takes a good many mice to kill a cat.
  • A cornered cat becomes as fierce as a lion.
  • If you don't feed the cats you must feed the rats.
  • Wanton kittens make sober cats.
  • The cat is a good friend but she scratches.
  • After a time, even the dog begins to compromise with the cat.
  • When the cat is away the mice will play.
  • These aren't my thoughts, they're my cat walking on the keyboard.
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