Love ’em, hate ’em, our feline friends

Ever wonder despite its seemingly unpredictable behavior, we humans adore our feline friends just the same?  Here are some eloquent and precise quotes on cats ability to hold on to our heart strings at will despite its formidable cat-scratches.

‘The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivalled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree’….

Colette

 

‘To gain the friendship of a cat is a difficult thing. The cat is a philosophical, methodical, quiet animal, tenacious of its own habits, fond of order and cleanliness, and it does not lightly confer its friendship. If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend, but never your slave. He keeps his free will, though he loves, and he will not do for you what he thinks is unreasonable. But if he once gives himself to you it is with absolute confidence and affection!’

Théophile Gautier, 1850

Unlike the dog, the cat has no desire to serve any master. Most cats refuse to learn tricks but are often capable of accomplishing quite difficult feats to serve their own ends! If force, unwelcome advances are likely to receive a few deep cat-scratches.