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50 Cat Quotes That Only Feline Lovers Would Understand

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

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Best friends fur-ever

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Best friends fur-ever

People? Meh. We could take 'em or leave 'em. But if you try to separate us from our beloved kitties, you're cruising for a bruising.

OK, OK, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration — there are a handful of people in our lives we could never live without (hi, grandma!), but it's also true that our tried-and-true BFFs are our cats. Sure, they can be sassy, standoffish, bratty, territorial and a little stinky, but isn't that true for us all? Cats are unapologetic and own it — which is probably why we love them so dang much. Let's not forget the fact that they make amazing rainy-day cuddle buddies. Plus, they're cute as hell to boot. 

There's nothing like the relationship you have with your cat, and these quotes sum it up perfectly.

Originally published July 2015. Updated September 2017.

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Coming home

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Coming home

"One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home." - Pam Brown

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Sleeping cat

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Sleeping cat

"You can't look at a sleeping cat and be tense." - Jane Pauley

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Nine lifetimes

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Nine lifetimes

"In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you." - Michel de Montaigne

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Cat's house

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Cat's house

"It's really the cat's house. I just pay the mortgage." - Anonymous

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Even the dog

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Even the dog

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

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Improve the man

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Improve the man

"If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain

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Character

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Character

"If you want to know the character of a man, find out what his cat thinks of him." - Anonymous

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Simultaneously

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Simultaneously

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

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Meow

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Meow

"A meow massages the heart." - Stuart McMillan

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Doghouse

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Doghouse

"When I'm in the doghouse, my cat still comes to visit." - Anonymous

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One cat

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One cat

"One cat just leads to another." - Ernest Hemingway

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The right one

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The right one

"People that don't like cats haven't met the right one yet." - Deborah A. Edwards, DVM

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Time

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Time

"Time spent with cats is never wasted." - May Sarton

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Admired

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Admired

"Her function is to sit and be admired." - Georgina Strickland Gates

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Purr

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Purr

"They, too, would purr." - Martin Buxbaum

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Refuge

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Refuge

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer

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Breakfast

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Breakfast

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." - Anonymous

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Music

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Music

"Cats are like music. It's foolish trying to explain their worth to someone who doesn't appreciate them." - Anonymous

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Pose

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Pose

"Cats never strike a pose that isn't photogenic." - Lillian Jackson Braun

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Beds

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Beds

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

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Mice

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Mice

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

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Welcome

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Welcome

"There are few things in life more heart warming than to be welcomed by a cat." - Tay Hohoff

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Friendship

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Friendship

"His friendship is not easily won but it is something worth having." - Michael Joseph

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Gift

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Gift

"What great gift then the love of a cat." - Charles Dickens

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Stubborn

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Stubborn

"Never try to outstubborn a cat." - Robert A. Heinlein

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Masterpiece

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Masterpiece

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo DaVinci

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Masterpiece

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Masterpiece

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo DaVinci

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Threats

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Threats

"Cats, as you know, are quite impervious to threats." Connie Willis

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Worthy

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Worthy

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

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Amusing

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Amusing

"She is not amusing herself with me more than I am with her.” — Michel de Montaigne

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Toll

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Toll

“There’s kind of a toll you have to pay with a cat.” — Scott Adams

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Best friend

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Best friend

“The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.” — Doug Larson

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Collectors

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Collectors

“Cat lovers turn into cat collectors.” — Greg Kinnear

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Qualities

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Qualities

“There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage.” — Carl Van Vechten

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Pleases

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Pleases

“It pleases him to do so and not because he must.” — Carl Van Vechten

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Purr

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Purr

“A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.” — Dean Inge

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Kittens

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Kittens

"It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.” — Cynthia E. Varnado

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Alone

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Alone

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

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Nobody

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Nobody

“As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.” — Ellen Perry Berkeley

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Leaving

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Leaving

“Cats come and go without ever leaving.” — Martha Curtis

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Angels

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Angels

“Kittens are angels with whiskers.” — Alexis Flora Hope

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Biggest hearts

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Biggest hearts

“People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around.” — Susan Easterly

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Won over

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Won over

“Any conditioned cat hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort.” — Paul Corey

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Purring

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Purring

“Are we really sure the purring is coming from the kitty and not from our very own hearts?” — Terry Guillemets

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Inconvenience

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Inconvenience

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

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Ask

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Ask

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.” — Joseph Wood Krutch

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Comfort

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Comfort

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” – James Herriot

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Confidence

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Confidence

“In the middle of a world that has always been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence.” — Rosanne Amberson

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Edge

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Edge

“A cat allows you to sleep on the bed. On the edge.” — Jenny de Vries

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Masterpiece

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Masterpiece

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo DaVinci

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Cat quotes

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Cat quotes

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