Cat Quotes 4:08

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

I know they tend to think a lot. I don’t know what they think about. To me they seem to be meditating on life, the universe and everything. I can’t determine anything more specific than that.

Cats are a tonic, they are a laugh, they are a cuddle, they are at least pretty just about all of the time and beautiful some of the time. —Roger Caras

Cats certainly make life easy when it’s hard. They can be cute when they do all sorts of antics. They are affectionate and cuddly. They are the best companions I could ever ask for.

Cat Quotes 4:07

Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes! —Theophile Gautier

Of course cats have souls. I know after living with cats for decades. I’ve looked and cats do stare without blinking. I know they look deep into others’ souls and the souls of humans. How else could they decide who will be their servants?

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

Cats aren’t slaves or property in any way. They know this. They do become fond of certain humans and befriend those they like. But cats never submit to humans as slaves or property. Cats still retain a simple dignity while bestowing their affection on those worthy of it.

Cat Quotes 4:06

There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten. —Jules Champfleury

Kittens don’t think about the consequences. They just want an adventure and they do find it without trying very hard. They explore and learn all sorts of things. They are more observant than many humans I’ve known in my life.

If a cat did not put a firm paw down now and then, how could his human remain possessed? —Winifred Carriere

I love how humans think they can give cats rules to follow when in reality, it’s the other way around. The cats are laying down the rules and enforcing them in ways that most humans aren’t aware of. Cats can be adorable and purr. Two ways in which they enforce their possession of humans.

Cat Quote 4:05

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

Cats just don’t care what anyone thinks of them. They are that independent. Humans may worry about what others think and tend to hide parts of themselves to appear more socially acceptable. I’m not sure it’s good to deny parts of ourselves. I think it’s better to accept our whole beings — good and bad equally. Denial only makes things worse than they need to be. I think the cats are right to be themselves completely and fully. If we could do that, perhaps we would be happier and less likely to hurt others.

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

Cats are certainly something special and mystical. They seem magical when they defy gravity as Bug Bunny can. They don’t act as if magic is something unreal, but something very real indeed. There is certainly magic in their purr.

Cat Quotes 4:04

By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer. —Colette

Of course we are richer with love and affection from a cat. A cat’s blessing and approval are worth gaining as real riches. Who could say no to that?

Intelligence in the cat is underrated. —Louis Wain

Perhaps it’s because humans tend to underrate those who are quiet and thoughtful. Cats don’t feel the need to demonstrate their intelligence. They aren’t looking for approval from anyone. They know they can just be and that is everything to them.

Cat Quotes 4:03

Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously. —Louis F. Camuti, DVM

Obviously, cats want to defy physics and be in two places at once. A closed door drives them nuts. They have to know what’s on both sides at the same time. I know this and when the cat doesn’t want to come into a room, I just nearly close the door. They come into the room every time wondering why I nearly shut the door on them.

The phrase “domestic cat” is an oxymoron. —George F. Will

Only someone who hasn’t lived with a cat would ever call them a “domestic cat.” They have no idea how wild cats can be especially when they don’t think any humans are watching them. The cats night prowl and get up to all sorts of capers while we sleep. Often leaving behind traces such as used litter boxes and less food and water left into their bowls.

Cat Quotes 4:02

The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends. —Saki (H. H. Munro)

I’ve live with cats for too long to believe they are domesticated. Time and time again they prove to me they aren’t. They run around like crazy. They knock books off the bookcase. They jump on all the furniture. Clearly they demonstrate they aren’t domesticated.

We cannot without becoming cats, perfectly understand the cat mind. —St. George Mivart

I’ve tried to understand the cat mind. I don’t think I’ve fully gotten it yet. But I do know that not all cats are exactly the same. They have different personalities and have different reactions to the same situations.

Cat Quotes 4:01

Most beds sleep up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner. —Stephen Baker

Cats certainly will sleep in a bed if they want to. Seems to me they will take over the bed if they like the human who sleeps in it. I do like it when they sleep with me, but I can’t count on as cats do as they please whenever they want.

Of all animals, he alone attains to the Contemplative Life. He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha. There is no pretense of sympathy about the cat. He lives alone, aloft, sublime, in a wise passiveness. —Andrew Lang

I’ve watched cats for years and I know they are wise. They know how to meditate and can do yoga without being taught. I’ve done my best to learn the wisdom of the universe from cats.

Cat Quotes 3:12

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One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or pretend they do. —Barbara Webster

Cats are inspiring. They inspire me to write about them and admire how well they come out on top even when they technically fail and manage to recover quickly. Perhaps they aren’t willing to give up on themselves and are motivated to do better next time. They certainly do learn not to make the same mistake twice.

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

Cats are good at lying and sitting quite still. Combine that with a purr and I feel as if I’ve reached Nirvana with them leading the way. Cats don’t have to study how to meditate. They are born knowing how. I’m still learning from them.

Cat Quotes 3:11

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

Of course God gave us cats to guide us and teach us better social skills. Who better than to teach us than cats? With their emotional honesty and simple view of the world, I’ve learned more from them than living with humans.

There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat. —Tay Hohoff

When cats aren’t ignoring me, it is a real blessing to be greeted by them when I get home. Any cat I’ve lived with is usually quite happy to see me when I get back to their house, especially if I’ve been gone for hours.

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