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35 Cat Love Quotes to Purr Over

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Cats have served as creative inspiration for artists and writers since the dawn of time—at least that’s what my cats told me. 

If you’re searching for the right word to show how much you care about your cat, why not borrow a few of these cat love quotes and tell your favorite feline how you really feel! 

The Best Cat Love Quotes

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

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

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” — Terry Pratchett 

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” — Jean Cocteau

Leonardo da Vinci cat quote

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.” — Robert A. Heinlein

“If you want to write, keep cats.” — Aldous Huxley

“I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” — Neil Gaiman

“Cats never listen. They’re dependable that way; when Rome burned, the Emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.” — Seanan McGuire

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” — Colette

“There are no ordinary cats.” — Colette

“I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.” —  Peter S. Beagle

cat quote Joseph Mery

“God made the cat to give man the pleasure of stroking a tiger.” — Joseph Méry

“I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are TOO good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.” — L.M. Montgomery

“All cat stories start with the statement: ‘My mother, who was the first cat, told me this…'” — Shirley Jackson

“One reason that cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.” ― Gwendolyn Brooks

“A house isn’t a home without the ineffable contentment of a cat with its tail folded about its feet. A cat gives mystery, charm, suggestion.” — L.M. Montgomery

“Cats aren’t special advisers. They advise us all the time, whether we want them to or not.” ― Tamora Pierce

“The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.” — Muriel Spark

“Cats tell me without effort all that there is to know.” — Charles Bukowski

“I don’t look for much obedience from a cat; the relationship isn’t based on rank or a dominance hierarchy as with dogs, and cats have no guilt and very little shame.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

“A kitten is the delight of a household. Where there is one of those little creatures, a play is being performed all day long by an incomparable actor.” — Champfleury

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

“What a luxury a cat is, the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day, the feel of the beast, the soft sleekness under your palm, the warmth when you wake on a cold night, the grace and charm even in a quite ordinary workaday puss.” — Doris Lessing

Salman Rushdie cat quote

“From birds she learned how to sing; from cats she learned a form of dangerous independence.” — Salman Rushdie

“Indoor cats don’t lose their wildness, which is one reason I am so fascinated by them. They seem to retain all their jungly qualities no matter what.” — Edward Gorey

“There’re all sorts of cats — just like there’re all sorts of people.” — Haruki Murakami

“Kittens, kittens, showers of kittens, visitations of kittens. So many, you see them as Kitten, like leaves growing on a bare branch, staying heavy and green, then falling, exactly the same every year. People coming to visit say: What happened to that lovely kitten? What lovely kitten? They are all lovely kittens.” — Doris Lessing

“It is not the way of cats to interfere with fate.” — Erin Morgenstern

“Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.” — Neil Gaiman

“For all cats have this particularity, each and every one, from the meanest alley sneaker to the proudest, whitest she that ever graced a pontiff’s pillow — we have our smiles, as it were, painted on. Those small, cool, quiet Mona Lisa smiles that smile we must, no matter whether it’s been fun or it’s been not. So all cats have a politician’s air; we smile and smile and so they think we’re villains.” — Angela Carter

“The purr is very important. It’s the purr that does it every time. It’s the purr that makes up for the Things Under the Bed, the occasional pungency, the 4 a.m. yowl. Other creatures went in for big teeth, long legs or over-active brains, while cats just settled for a noise that tells the world they’re feeling happy.” ― Terry Pratchett

“If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” — Mark Twain

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.” — Mark Twain

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” — Albert Schweitzer