Great authors and great cat lovers

Cats have charmed their way into our affections since time immemorial and have touched the hearts of many.

Most of us though are not able to capture their magic in words. Fortunately some of the world's greatest authors have been great cat lovers and have committed to writing some wonderful descriptions and observations about their feline companions.

Here is a collection of my favourites which are a must-read for cat lovers everywhere.

"If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." 
Mark Twain 

"Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of."
Sir Walter Scott

"A cat's got her opinions of human beings. She don't say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it."
Jerome K Jerome

"There are no ordinary cats!"

"What greater gift than the love of a cat?"
Charles Dickens 

"If you want to be a pyschological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is own a pair of cats."
Aldous Huxley 

"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
Sigmund Freud

Cats are only human; they have their faults.
Kingsley Amis 

"The cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him."
Rudyard Kipling 

"When a cat adopts you, there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it and wait until the wind changes."
TS Eliot

"It was soon noticed that when there was work to be done, the cat could never be found."
George Orwell

"Dogs have owners; cats have staff."
Rita Mae Brown

"It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens that watever you say to them, they always purr."
Lewis Carrol 

"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."
Percy Bysshe Shelley 

And the last word on cats comes from one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived, so who are we to disagree?

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."
Leonardo da Vinci