A collection of proverbs and quotes about cats.

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

Groucho Marx

A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.

Arab proverb

A cat has nine lives, as the onion seven skins.


A cat in grass is a tiger in the jungle.

A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.

Ethiopian proverb

A cat's a cat and that's that.

A cornered cat becomes as fierce as a lion.

A rose has thorns, a cat has claws; certainly both are worth the risk.

After a time, even the dog begins to compromise with the cat.

After dark all cats are leopards.

American proverb

All cats are grey in the dark.

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.

Ellen Perry Berkeley

Beware of people who dislike cats.

Irish proverb

Books and cats and fair-haired little girls make the best furnishing for a room.

French proverb

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

Jeff Valdez

Cats, flies and women are ever at their toilets.

French proverb

Curiosity killed the cat.

Handsome cats and fat dungheaps are the sign of a good farmer.

French proverb

Happy is the home with at least one cat.

Italian proverb

I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic.

If only cats grew into kittens.

Robert A. M. Stern

In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.

English proverb

It is raining cats and dogs.

It is raining extremely hard.

It’s not the fleas of the dog that make the cat meow.


The cat loves fish, but she's loth to wet her feet.

The dog for the man, the cat for the woman.

English proverb

The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.

French proverb

The yells and yammering, croaking, jibbering and jabbering; howls, growls and curses; shrieking and skriking, that followed were beyond description. Several hundred wild cats and wolves being roasted slowly alive together would not have compared with it.

The Hobbit – Chapter 4 – Over Hill and Under Hill
J.R.R. Tolkien
About goblins

There are many ways of skinning a cat.

What greater gift than the love of a cat?

Charles Dickens

What is sport to the cat is death to the mouse.

German proverb

When the cat is away the mice will play.

You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.