Friday, August 6, 2010

Cat proverbs from around the world

  • When the cat is away the mice will play. - Anonymous proverb, Idiom
  • It is better to feed one cat than many mice. - Norwegian
  • The cat always leaves a mark on his friend. - Spanish
  • It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands. - Spanish
  • The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them - German
  • A cat is a lion to a mouse. - Albanian
  • The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry. - French
  • Handsome cats and fat dungheaps are the sign of a good farmer - French
  • The cat is nature's Beauty. - French
  • Happy is the home with at least one cat - Italian
  • Those who dislike cats will be carried to the cemetery in the rain. - Dutch
  • The cat has nine lives - three for playing, three for straying, and three for staying. - English
  • If you stared deep into a cat's eyes, you would be able to see into the world of spirits. - English
  • In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats. - English
  • A cat in grass is a tiger in the jungle. - English
  • Curiosity killed the cat, Satisfaction brought it back! - English
  • Beware of people who dislike cats. - Irish
  • Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat. - Chinese
  • All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws. - Chinese
  • I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail - Chinese
  • When rats infest the Palace a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse. - Chinese
  • He is as quiet as a cat. - Japanese
  • A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes. - Indian
  • That cat that has its mouth burned by drinking hot milk will not drink even buttermilk without first blowing upon it. - Indian
  • You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. - American
  • After dark all cats are leopards. - American
  • If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich. - African
  • A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope. - Arabian
  • An overdressed woman is like a cat dressed in saffron. - Egyptian
  • An old cat will not learn how to dance. - Moroccan
  • A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat - Ethiopian


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