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24 Great Cat Proverbs

Carole Baskin

Cats have been delighting humans for so long that there are actually a lot of proverbs about them from many different cultures.

Here is a list of some of our favorites.

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The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how he regards cats.Proverb

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If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich.African Proverb

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

All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.Chinese Proverb

It is better to feed one cat than many mice.Norwegian Proverb

A cat is a lion to a mouse.Albanian Proverb

After dark all cats are leopards.Native American Proverb

Ye shall not possess any beast, my dear sisters, except only a cat.The Ancren Riewle

The cat was created when the lion sneezed.Arabian Proverb

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

A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.Arabian Proverb

A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand.Proverb

An old cat will not learn how to dance.Moroccan Proverb

Don’t trust the weak appearance of the wolf or the disappearance of the cat: they’ll both make a come-back.Proverb

A cat assures its owner of good luck.Chinese Proverb

The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them.German Proverb

A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.Proverb

Beware of people who dislike cats.Irish Proverb

The cat dreams of garbage.Hindu Proverb

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

Those that dislike cats will be carried to the cemetery in the rain.Dutch Proverb

A cat may look at a king.English Proverb

Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat.Chinese Proverb

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