"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.
"Most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in the
company of any cat that walked about the house with a saintly expression."
"Everything I know I learned from my cat: When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a
sunbeam. When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner.
"Although all cat games have their rules and rituals, these vary with the individual player. The cat,
of course, never breaks a rule. If it does not follow precedent, that simply means it has created a
new rule and it is up to you to learn it quickly if you want the game to continue.
"Cats speak a subtle language in which few sounds carry many meanings, depending on how they are
sung or purred. "Mnrhnh" means comfortable soft chairs. It also means fish. It means genial
companionship... and the absence of dogs.
"Do you see that kitten chasing so prettily her own tail? If you could look with her eyes, you
might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic
issues, long conversations, many characters, many ups and downs of fate.
"To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction - and a cat. The last
ingredient is usually hardest to come by.
"Cat lovers can readily be identified. Their clothes always look old and well used. Their sheets
look like bath towels and their bath towels look like a collection of knitting mistakes.
"I don't think it is so much the actual bath that most cats dislike; I think it's the fact that
they have to spend a good part of the day putting their hair back in place.