Proverbial Cats

Here’s a nifty collection of proverbs about cats:

A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.
~Arab proverb

A cat goes to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
~Congolese proverb

A cat has nine lives.
For three he plays, for three he strays,
and for the last three he stays.
~English proverb

A cat may look at a king.
~English proverb

A cat will teach her young ones all the tricks,
except how to jump backwards.
~Netherlands Antillean proverb

A cat with a straw tail keeps away from fire.
~English proverb

A house without either a cat or a dog
is the house of a scoundrel.
~Portuguese proverb

After dark all cats are leopards.
~Zuni proverb

All cats are bad in May.
~French proverb

An old cat will not learn how to dance.
~Moroccan proverb

Beware of people who dislike cats.
~Irish proverb

Books and cats and fair-haired little girls
make the best furnishings for a room.
~French proverb

Cats don’t catch mice to please God.
~Afghan proverb

Cats, flies and women are ever at their toilets.
~French proverb

Curiosity killed the cat,
Satisfaction brought it back!
~English proverb

Handsome cats and fat dung heaps are the sign of a good farmer.
~French proverb

Happy is the home with at least one cat.
~Italian proverb

Happy owner, happy cat.
Indifferent owner, reclusive cat.
~Chinese proverb

I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail.
~Chinese proverb

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

If you play with a cat, you must not mind her scratch.
~Yiddish proverb

In a cat’s eyes, all things belong to cats.
~English proverb

One should not send a cat to deliver cream.
~Yiddish proverb

The cat’s a saint when there are no mice about.
~Japanese proverb

The cat is nature’s Beauty.
~French proverb

The cat was created when the lion sneezed.
~Arabian proverb

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

The dog for the man, the cat for the woman.
~English proverb

Those who dislike cats
will be carried to the cemetery in the rain.
~Dutch proverb

To live long, eat like a cat, drink like a dog.
~German proverb

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
~Western Europe proverb

When the mouse laughs at the cat there’s a hole nearby.
~Nigerian proverb

When rats infest the Palace a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse.
~Chinese proverb

Wherever the mice laugh at the cat,
there you will find a hole.
~Portuguese proverb

Who cares well for cats
will marry as happily as he or she could ever wish.
~French proverb

You will always be lucky
if you know how to make friends with strange cats.
~Colonial American proverb

You come with a cat and call it a rabbit.
~Cameroonian proverb


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