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50 Inspirational Cat Quotes to Lift Your Spirit

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Cats rule the internet, our hearts, and our homes. Is it any wonder that inspirational cat quotes captivate and inspire us daily?! Cats remind us to pause and enjoy each moment, slow down, and appreciate every purr, nudge, or gentle touch.

With their sense of self-reliance and elegant mystique, cats have been shown to have a calming effect on humans. These endearing qualities and eternal appeal are reasons why 46.5 million U.S. households share life with at least one cat.

We invite you to curl up with your favorite cat, stroke their fur, and find a sense of contentment in these 50 inspirational cat quotes to lift your spirit.

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Inspirational Cat Quotes To Ignite Wonder

“Cats are like music; it’s foolish to try to explain their worth to those who don’t appreciate them.” – Unknown

“A cat’s eyes are windows enabling us to see into another world.” – Irish Proverb

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

“Cats are the ultimate philosophers, teaching us the art of living in the present moment.” – Karen Brademeyer

“The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.” – Elizabeth Peters

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

“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 do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect.”  – James Mason

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

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

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Finding Inner Peace Through Cat Quotes

“When I feel bad, I just look at my cats and my courage returns.”  – Charles Bukowski

“A cat doesn’t care if you are smart or dumb; give him your heart and he will give you his.”  – Abraham Lincoln

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life  – music and cats.”  – Albert Schweitzer

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”  – Sigmund Freud

“There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.”  – Wesley Bates

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”  – Edgar Allen Poe

“I really love animals. My cat is my little soul mate. He’s not just a cat, he’s my friend.”  – Tracey Emin

“Now I have a cat. Well, that’s not quite accurate. A cat and I have each other.”  – Kinky Friedman

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.”  – Pam Brown

“Books. Cats. Life is good.”  – Edward Gorey

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Quotes That Reflect the Human-Feline Bond

“Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.”  – William S. Burroughs

“Cats are like music. It’s foolish trying to explain their worth to someone who doesn’t appreciate them.”  – Anonymous

“Cats are angels with whiskers.”  – Alexis Flora Hope

“In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.”  – English Proverb

“A cat purring on your lap is more healing than any drug in the world, as long as the vibrations you are receiving are of pure love and contentment.”  – St. Francis of Assisi

“Cats have it all: admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.”  – Rod McKuen

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the humankind.”  – Cleveland Amory

“Cats are absolute individuals, with their own ideas about everything, including the people they own.”  – John Dingman

“When a cat flatters, he is not insincere; you may take it for real kindness.”  – Walter Savage Landor

“The nature of the universe probably depends heavily on who is the actual protagonist. Lately, I’ve been suspecting its one of my cats.”  – Wil McCarthy

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Inspirational Quotes That Showcase the Grace and Elegance of Cats

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”   – Hippolyte Taine

“Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is only a whisker away from the wilds.”   – Jean Burden

“Of all the things God created, from sunrises to rainbows, to black holes and humor, cats are the most fascinating to me.”   – Jarod Kintz

“A kitten is the delight of the household. All day long a comedy is played out by an incomparable actor.”   – Champfleury

“A meow massages the heart.”   – Stuart McMillan

“Purr more. Hiss less.”   – Linda C. Marchman

“Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns, do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior, that they are so united to creative people.”   – Andre Norton

“Happiness is a lot of things, really a lot. But undoubtedly – and cats.”   – Marta Ketro

“Cats are endless opportunities for revelation.”   – Leslie Kapp

“To err is human, to purr is feline.”   – Robert Byrne

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Celebrating the Magic of Feline Wisdom

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

“Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.”   – George F. Will

“A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.”   – Indian proverb

“The best alarm clock is the purring kind”   – Terri Guillemets

“The cat was created when the lion sneezed.”   – Arabian proverb

“When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.”   – Montaigne

“There is something about the presence of a cat that seems to take the bite out of being alone.”   – Louis J. Camuti

“I am indebted to the cat for a particular kind of honourable deceit, for a greater control over myself, for a characteristic aversion to brutal sounds, and for the need to keep silent for long periods of time.” – Jules Renard

“Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.” – Monica Edwards

“Since each of us is blessed with only one life, why not live it with a cat?” – Robert Stearns