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"When you're special to a cat, you're special indeed...she brings to you the gift of her preference of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand." ~ Leonore Fleisher

"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

"With dogs and people, it's love in big splashy colors. When you're involved with a cat, you're dealing in pastels." ~ Louis A. Camuti, D.V.M.

"Of all domestic animals, the cat is the most expressive. His face is capable of showing a wide range of expressions. His tail is a mirror of his mind. His gracefulness is surpassed only by his agility. And, along with all these, he has a sense of humor." ~ Walter Chandoha

"Chances are that a man who can nuzzle a kitten is also open and caring in other facets of his life." ~ Barbara L. Diamond

"The cat lets Man support her. But unlike the dog, she is no handlicker. Furthermore, unlike Man's other great good friend the horse, the cat is no sweating serf of Man. The only labor she condescends to perform is to catch mice and rats, and that's fun." ~ Vance Packard

"A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It's a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys." ~ Barbara Holland

[Cat sculpture and plant]"The great charm of cats is their rampant egotism, their devil-may-care attitude toward responsibility, their disinclination to earn an honest dollar." ~ Robertson Davies

"If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much." ~ Mark Twain

"Cats are notoriously sore losers. Coming in second best, especially to someone as poorly coordinated as a human being, grates their sensibility." ~ Stephen Baker

"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat." ~ Wesley Bates

"Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow." ~ George F. Will

"If cats could talk, they wouldn't." ~ Nan Porter

"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." ~ Joseph Wood Crutch

"If a cat spoke, it would say things like, 'Hey, I don't see the problem here'." ~ Roy Blount,Jr.

"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." ~ Val Schaffner

"Who hath a better friend than a cat?" ~ William Hardwin

"Which is more beautiful--feline movement or feline stillness?" ~ Elizabeth Hamilton

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

"Every dog has his day -- but the nights are reserved for the cats." ~ Unknown[Cat grooming]

"Just as the would-be debutante will fret and fuss over every detail till all is perfect, so will the fastidious feline patiently toil until every whiskertip is in place." ~ Lynn Hollyn

"Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this by all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish." ~ James Gorman

"With the qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of being cats?" ~ Fernand Mery

"The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it." ~ Doug Larson

"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." ~ Ernest Hemingway

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

"When it comes to the advantages of cats versus dogs as pets, there is no competition. Try going away for a weekend, leaving your German Shepherd alone with a bowl of dry food, some water, and a litter box." ~ Robert Stearns

"If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air." ~ Doris Lessing

"There is something about the presence of a cat...that seems to take the bite out of being alone." ~ Dr. Louis J. Camuti

"By and large, people who enjoy teaching animals to roll over will find themselves happier with a dog." ~ Barbara Holland

[Cat slicking on human's leg]"Two things are aesthetically perfect in the world--the clock and the cat." ~ Emile Auguste Chartier

"When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even." ~ Penny Ward Moser

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

"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." ~ Sir Compton MacKenzie

"Watch a cat when it enters a room for the first time. It searches and smells about, it is not quiet for a moment, it trusts nothing until it has examined and made acquaintance with everything." ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties." ~ W.L George

"Everything that moves serves to interest and amuse a cat. He is convinced that nature is busying herself with his diversion: he can conceive of no other purpose in the universe." ~ F. A. Paradis de Moncrif

"If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr." ~ Martin Buxbaum

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." ~ Albert Schweitzer[Girl holding cat]

"Cats invented self-esteem; there is not an insecure bone in their body." ~ Erma Bombeck

"Everything comes to those who wait...except a cat." ~ Marilyn Peterson

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." ~ Ellen Perry Berkeley

"A cat can purr its way out of anything." ~ Donna McCrohan

"Cats are special because you can just hold them." ~ Caitlin Tighe

"Cats are designated friends." ~ Norman Corwin

"The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer." ~ Paula Poundstone

"Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning. He won't attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling." ~ Helen Powers

"No one has ever been able to discover how they [cats] make this subtle sound, and what is more, no one ever will. It is a secret that has endured from the very beginning of the time of cats and will never be revealed." ~ Paul Gallico

"Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other." ~ Stephen Baker

"I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days." ~ Bill Dana

"If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up." ~ Jean Asper McIntosh

[Shedding cat]"Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched." ~ Cervantes

"A dog is a dog, a bird is a bird, and a cat is a person." ~ Mugsy Peabody

"A meow massages the heart." ~ Stuart McMillan

"No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch." ~ Leo Dworken

"A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand." ~ Vakaoka Genrin

"People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. These people adore being ignored." ~ Henry Morgan

"If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat." ~ Robert A. Heinlein

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

"She sits composedly sentinel, with paws tucked under her, a good part of her days at present by some ridiculous little hole, the possible entry of a mouse." ~ Henry David Thoreau

"Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." ~ Mark Twain

"Comets are like cats. They have tails, and they do precisely what they want." ~ David Levy

[Cat on garden wall]"Never try to outstubborn a cat." ~ Lazarus Long

"A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem." ~ Jean Burden

"You may own a cat but cannot govern one." ~ Kate Sanborn

"A cat improves the garden wall in sunshine, and the hearth in foul weather." ~ Judith Merkle Riley

"A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him." ~ William Lyon Phelps

"The only mystery about the cat is why it ever decided to become a domestic animal." ~ Sir Compton Mackenzie

"To assume a cat's asleep is a grave mistake. He can close his eyes and keep both his ears awake." ~ Aileen Fisher

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat." ~ Albert Einstein

"The cat lives alone, has no need of society, obeys only when she pleases, pretends to sleep that she may see more clearly, and scratches everything on which she can lay her paw." ~ Francois Rene de Chateaubriand

"There is the little matter of disposal of droppings in which the cat is far ahead of its rivals. The dog is somehow thrilled by what he or any of his friends have produced, hates to leave it, adores smelling it, and sometimes eats it. The cat covers it up if he can." ~ Paul Gallico

"In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you." ~ Michael Zullo

[Mouse with computer mouse]"There are no ordinary cats." ~ Colette

"Meow is like aloha -- it can mean anything." ~ Hank Ketchum

"I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

"People that hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life." ~ Faith Resnick

"You can't own a cat. The best you can do is be partners." ~ Sir Harry Swanson

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

"Cats are absolute individuals, with their own ideas about everything, including the people they own." ~ John Dingman

"The cat cannot stand a closed door. His great curiosity demands that he know what is behind each door and over each horizon." ~ Anonymous

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." ~ Mary Bly

"I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." ~ Hippolyte Taine

"Cats are mysterious folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of." ~ Sir Walter Scott

"The only identification that would be inscribed on any cat's collar would be 'This is the cat's cat'." ~ Elmer Davis

"As we all know, cats now rule the world." ~ John R.F. Breen[Cat in a teacup]

"Cats don't like change without their consent." ~ Roger A. Caras

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." ~ Leonardo da Vinci

"Night will always remain a cat's magical, fanciful time." ~ Jerry Climer

"Such is one of those big-whiskered and well-furred tomcats, that you see quiet in a corner, digesting at his leisure, sleeping if it seems to him, sometimes giving himself to the pleasure of hunting, for the rest enjoying life peaceably, without being troubled by restless reflections, and little caring to communicate his thoughts to others. Truly it needs only that a female cat come on the scene to derange all his philosophy; but are our philosophers any wiser on such occasions?" ~ Father Bougeant

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[A cat is just a bundle of purr!]

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