Cat Proverbs From Around The World



English Proverbs 

1. "In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats."

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

3. "The dog for the man, the cat for the woman"

4. Beware of the cat that licks from the front but claws from behind. (Old English)

5. A trapped cat becomes a lion. (Old English)

6. "A cat may look at a king."

7. A cat with a straw tail keeps away from fire.

8. Curiosity killed the cat, Satisfaction brought it back!

9. The cat sees through shut lids

10. Dogs remember faces, cats remember places.

11. An old cat laps as much milk as a young.

12. Cats hide their claws.

13. All cats are grey in the dark.

14. He's as honest as the cat when the meat is out of reach.

Chinese Proverbs

1. Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat.

2. "I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail"

3. "When rats infest the Palace a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse."

4. Settling a dispute through the law is like losing a cow for the sake of a cat.

5. A rat who gnaws at a cat's tail invites destruction.

6. My soul feels as disturbed as if a cat were treading my heart.

Irish Proverb

1. "Beware of people who dislike cats."

2. It's for her own good that the cat purrs.

3. Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat.

4. The three merriest things in the world are a cat's kitten, a goat's kid, and a young widow.

5. Whatever is born of a cat will cat mice.

Italian Proverb

1. "Happy is the home with at least one cat"

2. Old cats mean young mice.

3. The cat loves fish, but hates wet feet.


French Proverb

1. "Cats, flies and women are ever at their toilets"

2. "Books and cats and fair-haired little girls make the best furnishing for a room"

3. "The cat is nature's Beauty."

4. The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.

5. All cats are bad in May.

6. Handsome cats and fat dung heaps are the sign of a good farmer.

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

8. Let sleeping cats lie.

9. Wake not a sleeping cat.

10. A scalded cat dreads even cold water.

11. A bon chat bon rat. (A good cat deserves a good rat.)


German Proverb

1. "The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them"

2. To live long, eat like a cat, drink like a dog.

3. No one likes to bell the cat.

4. Let the female cat run; the tomcat will catch her.

Indian Proverb

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

Dutch Proverb

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

2. Don't buy a cat in a sack.

Moroccan Proverb

1. "An old cat will not learn how to dance."

Arabian Proverb

1. "The cat was created when the lion sneezed"

2. "A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope"

Nigerian Proverb

1. If men were now to turn their hostility towards the cat, it would not be long before the domestic cat became a wild animal.

Iranian Proverb

1. When the cat and mouse agree, the grocer is ruined.

Egyptian Proverb

1. The dream of cats is all mice.

Ethiopian/Congolese Proverb

1. "A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat"

Portugese Proverb

1. A house without either a cat or a dog is the house of a scoundrel.

2. Wherever the mice laugh at the cat, there you will find a hole.

3. The cat is a good friend, only she scratches.

Nigerian Proverb

1. When the mouse laughs at the cat there's a hole nearby.

Native American/Zuni Proverb

1. "After dark all cats are leopards."

African Proverb

1. If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich.

Japanese Proverb

1. The cat's a saint when there are no mice about.

Yiddish Proverb

1. If you play with a cat, you must not mind her scratch.

2. One should not send a cat to deliver cream

Hebrew Proverb

1. The kind man feeds his beast before sitting down to dinner.

Colonial  Proverb

1. "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats."