Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he
is still only a whisker away from the wilds.
When you're used to hearing purring and suddenly it's gone,
it's hard to silence the blaring sound of sadness.
Cats speak a subtle language in which few sounds carry many
meanings, depending on how they are sung or purred. "Mnrhnh"
means comfortable soft chairs. It also means fish. It means
genial companionship... and the absence of dogs.
Another cat? Perhaps. For love there is also a season; its
seeds must be resown. But a family cat is not replaceable
like a wornout coat or a set of tires. Each new kitten becomes
its own cat, and none is repeated. I am four cats old, measuring
out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced
You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because
cats find humans useful domestic animals.
To err is human, to purr is feline.
Cat lovers can readily be identified. Their clothes always
look old and well used. Their sheets look like bath towels
and their bath towels look like a collection of knitting mistakes.
Do you see that kitten chasing so prettily her own tail? If
you could look with her eyes, you might see her surrounded
with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic
and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, many
ups and downs of fate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away.
To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of
conviction - and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest
to come by.
I pet her and she pays me back in purrs.
A beating heart and an angel's soul, covered in fur.
Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because
of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't
like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll on
a dead fish.
The best kind of alarm clock is the purring kind.
Alexis F. Hope
Cats as a class, have never completely got over the snootiness
caused by that fact that in Ancient Egypt they were worshipped
It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I
People meeting for the first time suddenly relax if they find
they both have cats. And plunge into anecdote.
Any household with at least one feline member has no need
for an alarm clock.
Louise A. Belcher
Who would believe such pleasure from a wee ball o' fur?
A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world. Its
wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth. It darts madly
at nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in
the pursuit, prances sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous
agility and zeal.
She clawed her way into my heart and wouldn't let go.
Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the
owner himself. A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can
be made to move in almost any direction. It comes completely
assembled, and it makes a sound when you jump on it.
The cat has always been associated with the moon. Like the
moon it comes to life at night, escaping from humanity and
wandering over housetops with its eyes beaming out through
Cats never strike a pose that isn't photogenic.
Lillian Jackson Braun
Who hath a better friend than a cat?
Nobody who is not prepared to spoil cats will get from them
the reward they are able to give to those who do spoil them.
A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.
When a cat chooses to be friendly, it's a big deal, because
a cat is picky.
If purring could be encapsulated, it'd be the most powerful
anti-depressant on the pharmaceutical market.
Alexis F. Hope
There is no evidence that at any time during its history the
cat's way of life and its reception into human homesteads
were purposely planned and directed by humans, as was the
case with all other domestic animals, at least from a very
early stage of their association . . . In other words, there
was no agent domesticating the cat besides the cat himself.
He liked companionship, but he wouldn't be petted, or fussed
over, or sit in anyone's lap a moment; he always extricated
himself from such familiarity with dignity and with no show
of temper. If there was any petting to be done, however, he
chose to do it. Often he would sit looking at me, and then,
moved by a delicate affection, come and pull at my coat and
sleeve until he could touch my face with his nose, and then
go away contented.
Charles Dudley Warner
In the middle of a world that had always been a bit mad, the
cat walks with confidence.
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)
Who among us hasn't envied a cat's ability to ignore the cares
of daily life and to relax completely?