Cat Quotes

Cat quotes are everywhere. Indeed, there are entire websites devoted to quotes about cats. And you can find lots of books on this topic too (scroll down for more information). Cats have that effect on people, whether they are cat lovers or not. Everyone has an opinion on cats.



Ah cats… it seems like everyone has something to say about cats (sometimes positive, sometimes negative).

Writers, artists, politicians, and other well-known (and not-so-well-known) cat lovers have said very interesting things about cats.

Here are some feline-inspired quotes I’ve collected through the years.

Quotes from artists and writers

kitten cat quotes“I really am a cat transformed into a woman.” – Brigitte Bardot

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Cats of good breed hunt better fat than lean.” – Benvenuto Cellini

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens

“Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” –Jim Davis (Garfield creator)

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat” - Edgar Allan Poe

“One cat just leads to another.” – Ernest Hemingway

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“When they are among us, cats are angels.” – George Sand

Cat quotes from politicians/statesmen

“Only astrophysicists new about the Internet 20 years ago. Today my cat has a website.” – Bill Clinton, as quoted by Rick Van Sant (Scripps Howard News Service)

Bill Clinton, referring to the strained relationship between his two pets (Socks the cat and Buddy the dog), said that “I did better with the Palestinians and the Israelis… than I’ve done with Socks and Buddy.”

“It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.” – Den Xiaoping

“All dogs look up to you. All cats look down on you. Only a pig looks at you as an equal.” – Winston Churchill

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” – Abraham Lincoln

Quotes from other well-known people

“Cats invented self-esteem” – Erma Bombeck

“A man has to work so hard so that something of his personality stays alive. A tomcat has it so easy, he has only to spray and his presence is there for years on rainy days.” – Albert Einstein

“A cat’s idea of a ‘good time’ is to kill something.” – Andy Rooney

“You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.” – Jane Pauley

Funny cat quotes

“Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.” – Anonymous

“People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.” – Faith Resnick

“My husband said it was him or the cat... I miss him sometimes.” - Anonymous

“The more people I meet, the more I like my cat.” – Anonymous

“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

Quotes from plays, movies, and books

“I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.” -William Shakespeare, Henry IV

“‘All right’, said the Cat, and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter.” – T.S. Elliot, “The Naming of Cats” – Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

“So much time, so little to do...” – Garfield, Garfield –The Movie (2004)

“I hate Mondays.” – Garfield, Garfield –The Movie (2004)

“Love me, feed me, never leave me.”- Garfield, Garfield –The Movie (2004)

Books of cat quotes

Many of the quotes presented here can be found in wonderful books of cat quotes. Here’s a sample of some wonderful books:

Quotable Cat Lover by Charles Elliot (Editor)

Dictionary of Quotations and Proverbs about Cats and Dogs by Robert A. Nowlan (Editor), Gwendolyn W. Nowlan (Editor)

Home Is Where the Cat Is by Lesley Anne Ivory (Illustrator)

Cat Blessings: A Collection of Poems, Quotes, Facts and Myths by Bob Lovka

Quotable Cat: A Collection of Quotes, Facts and Lore for Feline Fanciers by Cathy E. Crimmins

The Quotable Barn Cat by Norvia Behling (Photographer), Daniel Johnson (Photographer), Connie Summers (Photographer)

Quotable Cats by David Plaut, Marc Mongeau (Illustrator)

Cat Quotations by Helen Exley (Editor)

The Cat Fanatic: Quirky Quotes on Frisky Felines by Charles Elliott (Editor)


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