Cat Proverbs

African

* A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
* When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.

American

* A cat’s a cat and that’s that.
* As long as the cat will play, it’s okay.
* The cat is mighty dignified until the dog comes by.

Arabic

* A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.

Chinese

* I gave an order to the cat, and the cat gave it to its tail.
* Happy owner, happy cat. Reclusive owner, reclusive cat.
* A lame cat is better than a swift horse when rats infest the palace.

English

* In a cat’s eyes, all things belong to cats.
* The cat sees through shut lids.
* Dogs remember faces, cats place.
* When the cat of the house is black, the lasses of lovers will have no lack.
* A cat with a straw tail keeps away from the fire.
* Curiosity killed the cat. Satisfaction brought it back!
* The dog for the man, the cat for the woman.
* A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for three he stays.
* A half-penny cat may look like a king.
* A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.
* He’s as honest as the cat when the meat is out of reach.
* Wanton kittens make sober cats.

Flemish

* The cat is in the clock. (refers to quarreling families)

French

* You will be rich of lucky in love if you find one white hair on a black cat.
* A good cat deserve a good rat.
* All cats are bad in May.
* Handsome cats and fat dung heaps are the sign of a good farmer.
* A cat with little ones has never a good mouthful.
* If a girl tread on a cat’s tail, she will not find a husband before the year is out.
* A greedy cat makes the servant girl watchful.
* The tongue of a cat is poison, the tongue of a dog cures.
* A scalded cat dreads even cold water.

German

* To live long, eat like a cat, drink like a dog.
* Cats are everywhere at home where one feeds them.

Hindu

* During his lifetime,. a good Hindu must feed at least one cat.
* The cat laps the moonbeams in the bowl of water, thinking them to be milk.
* The rat stops still when the eyes of the cat shine.

Irish

* To please himself, only the cat purrs.

Italian

* Old cats mean young mice.
* The cat loves fish, but hates wet feet.

Latin

* The cat knows who’s lips she licks.

Russian

* The cat who scratches, scratches for himself.

Scottish

* It is well said, but who will bell the cat?

Spanish

* The cat always leaves a mark on his friend.

Western European

* When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
* The cat moon eats the grey mice of night.
* A borrowed cat catches no mice.

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