Some of the more famous cat lovers have immortalized in words their love for cats and we want to share with you a few of our favourites, starting with this one from writer and philosopher Albert Schweitzer:
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of the world: music and cats.
With all the doom and gloom going on in the world today, isn't it comforting to know your cat is home waiting to greet you with love and affection. The joy and calm a cat gives us on a daily basis cannot be described in words (even though Schweitzer gave it a jolly good try!) It is more a feeling that only cat lovers can truly appreciate.
For more than 12,000 years humans have enjoyed the company of cats and at times we've even worshipped them. The quote above by science fiction writer Terry Pratchett alludes to this fact about cats and how inherently they still behave like divine beings.
In its flawless grace and superior self-sufficiency I have seen a symbol of the perfect beauty and bland impersonality of the universe itself, objectively considered, and in its air of silent mystery there resides for me all the wonder and fascination of the unknown.
— H.P. Lovecraft
Nevertheless, it took a while for humans to domesticate cats and even longer for us to invite them into our homes. Rather, they showed up uninvited and took up residence in our barns and storage buildings where the mice and rats were in plentiful supply.
Pretty soon they became ships' companions, controling the pest population on trading vessels. In the far east, cats were revered for saving precious religious manuscripts from the destructive nibblings of rodents. All in all, cats domesticated themselves and their mousing skills meant we needed them more than they needed us.
I regard cats as one of the great joys in the world. I see them as a gift of highest order —Trisha McCagh
Cats are predominantly creatures of comfort. If you are having trouble sleeping, just watch your slumbering cat for a few minutes and see if you don't start feeling drowsy. Cats love to sleep and they do it very well. They can sleep as much as 16 hours a day. Because their spring-like hunting manoeuvres use up immense stores of energy, cats sleep all day to conserve these fuel supplies. Even though they're asleep, they're locked and loaded and ready to pounce into action at the first site of prey.
A cat's dreamy nature makes them the perfect companion to snuggle with when you need to escape the miseries of the world.