Tuesday 7 December 2021

Cats As Superior Beings

All cat owners are aware of the superior air exhibited by their pets. They seem to relish their independence but generously allow us to be their closest companions. Dogs learn tricks but cats are practically untrainable and they have managed to convince us that it's not because they are less intelligent but because they really can't be bothered. 
They manipulate us with their wiles and entrance us - when they feel like it - with their quirky behaviour and so wrap us around their little paws. Some of the most talented and clever people in the world have recognised the fact that cats are superior and sometimes supercilious beings. I'll let them tell  you all about it in their own words.

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

"When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but
because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even." 

Comedian and actor Bill Dana (1924-2017)

"I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not.
Mine had me trained in two days." 

Actor Kandyse McClure b.1980

"I read that when cats are cuddling and kneading you, and you think it's cute, 
they're really just checking your vitals for weak spots."

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle b.1948

"I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them cats."

Writer Cleveland Amory 1917-1998

"As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows,
cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind."

Poet Pam Brown b.1948

"Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that
will cause most inconvenience."

Writer Neil Gaiman b.1960

"Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets."

Writer Mark Twain 1835-1910

“Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. 
That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve 
the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”

Writer of horror and science fiction  H. P. Lovecraft 1890-1937

"The cat is such a perfect symbol of beauty and superiority that it seems scarcely possible
for any true aesthete and civilised cynic to do other than worship it."

Writer and film-maker Megan Boyle b.1985

"My cat is always looking at me like I am forgetting something
crucial and he depends on it."

Blogger and writer Will Wiles b.1978

"Nothing snubs quite like a cat. What evolutionary purpose did it serve, 
this inherent disdain, this artful blanking?"

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  1. Great quotes - and good to see photos of some of the younger ones...
    Considering some of what Lovecraft wrote, his esteem of cats is...insightful.

  2. That Mark Twain quote is one of my favorites.

  3. What a fun post! Our page-a-day cat calendar is loaded with great quips.

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