“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” Jean Cocteau

I love quotations as you learned last week. One of my popular blog postings for Seattle Post-Intelligencer last year was cat quotations. So since I am on vacation in the peaceful Missouri countryside, here is the post.  A favorite cat book on my shelf is Cat Tales—Snippets on Life from Our Favorite Felines by Charles Wysocki. The book features charming pictures and stories about cats that Wysocki painted during his lifetime.

Who can resist reading about Dudley Wadsworth Catsinbags, Elmer and Loretta, Ethel the Gourmet, Frederick the Literate, Mabel the Stowaway, Maggie the Messmaker, Max in the Adirondacks, and Remington the Horticulturist? What wonderful names for cats!

Besides the “make you smile” stories, the book is chock-full of cat quotations like the one that opened this blog. The following are some of my favorites:

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

“A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him.”  William Lyon Phelps

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

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” Leonardo Da Vinci

And finally this poem, author unknown:

“Gentle eyes that see so much,

paws that have the quiet touch,

Purrs to signal “all is well”

and show more love than words could tell.

Graceful movements touched with pride,

a calming presence by our side

A friendship that takes time to grow

small wonder why we love them so.”

Later a couple of my readers responded with these quotes:  Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.

One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.

What is your favorite cat quotation?

Bountiful Blessings!