100+ Funny and Inspirational Quotes About Cats, Dogs and Other Animals

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Looking for a pet saying or quote for that card, scrapbook or “just because?” Check out this selection of inspirational and funny pet quotes and sayings.

A pet-related quotation or saying makes the perfect addition to a scrapbook or card. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to find a good pet quote or saying because locating a great inspirational cat quote or funny dog saying can be difficult with the thousands of quotations out there in books and on the internet.

Whether one is seeking a funny pet saying or quotation, or a more serious, inspirational or wise pet saying; the following pet sayings and quotations are sure to be just what scrapbookers and other pet lovers are looking for!

Inspirational Pet Quotes and Sayings

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“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” ~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull

 

“Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” ~ Gilda Radner

 

“A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.” ~ Hazel Nicholson

 

“The dog is the only animal that has seen his god.” ~ Unknown

 

“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ~ George Elliot

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras

 

“The dog represents all that is best in man.” ~ Etienne Charlet

 

“A house is not a home without a pet.” ~ Unknown

 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself.” ~ Josh Billings

 

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanual Kant

 

“My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.” ~ Unknown

 

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” ~ Ben Williams

 

Humorous Pet Sayings and Quotes

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“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.” ~ Phil Pastoret

 

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” ~ Ann Landers

Humorous Pet Sayings and Quotes

“My dog is half pit bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip!” ~Craig Shoemaker

 

“Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window.” ~ Steve Bluestone

 

“Dogs have owners, cats have staff.” ~ Unknown

Humorous Pet Sayings and Quotes

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” ~ Franklin P. Jones

 

“Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.” ~ Joe Gores

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“Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives.” ~Sue Murphy

 

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!” ~ Dave Barry

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“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” ~ Mary Bly

 

“A dog is not ‘almost human’ and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.” ~ John Holmes

 

“The dog is a yes-animal, very popular with people who can’t afford to keep a yes-man.” ~ Robertson Davies

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“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” ~ Unknown

 

“A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue.” ~ Unknown

 

“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.” ~ Corey Ford

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You learn in this business: If you want a friend, get a dog.” ~Carl Icahn (An Executive in the Car Industry)

 

“If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because you lap is warm.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead

 

“Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” ~ Max Eastman

 

“The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.” ~ Ambrose Bierce

 

Quotes about Pet Dogs

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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

 

“Hounds follow those who feed them.” – Otto von Bismarck

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“The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.” – Unknown

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

 

“Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end.” – June Carter Cash

 

“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.”  – Agatha Christie

 

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”  – M.K. Clinton

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Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant – Unknown

 

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles de Gaulle

 

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” – Johnny Depp

 

“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” – Emily Dickinson

 

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

“Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?”  – Jonathan Safran Foer

 

“There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

“Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.” – Sigmund Freud

 

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers

 

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney

 

“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” – Rita Rudner

 

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz

 

“If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck

 

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

“Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.” – Quentin Tarantino

 

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Quotes About Pet Cats

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“My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.”  – William S. Burroughs

Quotes About Pet Cats

“After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.” ~Charlotte Gray

 

“Meow” means “woof” in cat.”   – George Carlin

 

“It is very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them they always purr.” – Lewis Carroll

 

“Cats choose us; we don’t own them.”   – Kristin Cast

 

“Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched.” – Miguel de Cervantes

Quotes About Pet Cats

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” – Jean Cocteau

 

“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” – Colette

 

“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” – Jim Davis

 

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens

 

“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.” – Albert Einstein

 

“Making movies is like herding cats.” – Eric Fellner

 

“A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud

 

“Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.” – Walter Lionel George

 

“Cats will outsmart dogs every time.” – John Grogan

 

“How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.” – Robert A. Heinlein

 

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” – Ernest Hemingway

 

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” – James Herriot

 

“If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh.” – Patricia Hitchcock

 

“If you want to write, keep cats.”  – Aldous Huxley

 

“A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.” – William Ralph Inge

 

“Curiosity killed the cat.” – Ben Johnson

 

“I used to love dogs until I discovered cats.” – Nafisa Joseph

 

“Cats, like men, are flatterers.” – Walter Savage Landor

 

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” – Leonardo da Vinci

 

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Quotes About Pet Fish

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There are plenty of fish in the sea. – American Proverb

 

No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise. – Lewis Carroll

 

A little bait catches a large fish. – John Taylor Wood

 

Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime. – Chinese Proverbs

 

The biggest fish he ever caught were those that got away. – Eugene Field

 

One man’s fish is another man’s poisson. – Unknown

 

Empty the pond to get the fish. – Robert Bresson

 

Fish in another man’s pond and you will catch crabs. – Habeeb Akande

 

Net the large fish and you are sure to have the small fry. – George Eliot

 

The fish in the water that is thirsty needs serious professional counseling. – Kabir

 

In a shared fish, there are no bones. – Democritus

 

The last thing a fish would ever notice would be water – Ralph Linton

 

He that would fish, must venture his bait. – Benjamin Franklin

 

The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish. – Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

The fish who keeps on swimming is the first to chill upstream. – Nick Hexum

 

Dont give a child a fish but show him how to fish. – Mao Zedong

 

Never leave fish to find fish. – Moses

 

If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks. – George Allen Sr

 

It’s no fish ye’re buying, it’s men’s lives. – Walter Scott

 

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine. – Proverb

 

A fish may love a bird, but where would they live? – Drew Barrymore

 

If the fish had not opened its mouth, it would not have been caught. – Proverb

 

The fish don’t need to know why they’re in the water. – Marty Rubin

 

A fish is more valuable swimming in the sea maintaining the integrity of oceanic eco-systems than it is on anyone’s plate. – Paul Watson

 

The fish once caught, new bait will hardly bite. – Edmund Spenser

 

It’s okay to eat fish because they don’t have any feelings. – Kurt Cobain

 

Fish always stinks from the head downwards. – Proverb

 

Only dead fish go with the flow. – Unknown

 

Big fish eat little fish. – Proverb

 

If you want to be a different fish, jump out of school. – Don Van Vliet

 

Quotes About Pet Birds

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Birds born in cages think that flying is an illness. – Alejandro Jodorowsky

 

Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain. – Douglas Coupland

 

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble. – Roger Tory Peterson

 

Some tribes of birds will relieve and rear up the young and helpless, of their own and other tribes, when abandoned. – William Bartram

 

Birds evolved from a small raptor like theropod. – Robert T. Bakker

 

A forest bird never wants a cage. – Henrik Ibsen

 

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. – William Blake

 

In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence. – Robert Lynd

 

The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind. – Carly Simon

 

Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for. – Tennessee Williams

 

Just remember it’s the birds that’s supposed to suffer, not the hunter. – George W. Bush

 

The bird thinks it a favor to give the fish a lift in the air. – Rabindranath Tagore

 

I know of only one bird – the parrot – that talks; and it can’t fly very high. – Wilbur Wright

 

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky. – Bob Dylan

 

Closely related species of birds are also chromosomally similar. – Peter R. Grant

 

When you have birds you stare at them a lot and their eyes are recessed on their head. When they look at something they tilt their head in a quizzical expression. – Ted Rall

 

It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds should be awake earlier than you. – Abu Bakr

 

When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first. – Ernest Hemingway

 

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. – John Webster

 

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. – Robert Wilson Lynd

 

A bird is three things: Feathers, flight and song, And feathers are the least of these. – Marjorie Allen Seiffert

 

Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious. – David Attenborough

 

The rising of birds in their flight is the sign of an ambuscade. Startled beasts indicate that a sudden attack is coming. – Sun Tzu

 

If one bird foraging in a flock on the ground suddenly takes off, all other birds will take off immediately after, before they even know what’s going on. The one who stays behind may be prey. – Frans De Waal

 

Birds are, especially canaries, are super sensitive to hydrogen sulfide and sour gas. – David Suzuki

 

Hear how the birds, on every blooming spray, With joyous music wake the dawning day. – Alexander Pope

 

Birds are not free since Men have invented cages. – Mehmet Murat ildan

 

Birds are the most accomplished aeronauts the world has ever seen. They fly high and low, at great speed, and very slowly. And always with extraordinary precision and control. – David Attenborough

 

Birds teach us something very important: To whatever height you rise, you will finally come down to the ground! – Mehmet Murat ildan

 

Quotes About Pet Adoption, Pet Rescue

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“In rescuing animals, I lost my mind but found my soul”

 

“Adopt. If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, sponsor. If you can’t sponsor, donate. If you can’t donate, educate.”

 

“When you adopt a shelter pet, you save 2 lives. The one you adopt, and the one that takes it’s place.”

 

“The sadness I feel looking into cages is nothing compared to how it must feel looking out.”

 

“Peace, Love, Adopt”

 

“Saving just one dog won’t save the world, but surely it will change the world for that one dog.”

 

“My family is a rescue family.”

 

“Dogs have a way of finding people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn’t even know we had.”

 

“People that say “Money can’t buy happiness” have never paid an adoption fee.”

 

“The best things in life are rescued.”

 

Quotes About Pets Dying, Pet Death, Loss of a Pet Quotes

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“The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?” – Sir Walter Scott

 

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” – Aeschylus

 

“The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.” – Konrad Lorenz

 

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. ” – Mark Twain

 

“I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?” – Sir Walter Scott

 

“Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” – Amy Sedaris

 

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot

 

“I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.” – Joe Garagiola

 

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers

 

“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.” – Cassandra Clare

 

“If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.” – Pam Brown

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

 

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – From an Irish Headstone

 

“Dogs leave pawprints on our hearts” – Author Unknown

 

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

 

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Khalil Gibran

 

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir

“The cat is there when you call her – if she doesn’t have something better to do.” ~Bill Alder

 

“Grief doesn’t have a plot. It isn’t smooth. There is no beginning and middle and end.” – Ann Hood

 

“The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” – Hilary Stanton Zunin

 

“Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” – William Shakespeare

 

I believe all animals were created by God to help keep man Alive – Iwao Fujita

 

Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished. – Dean Koontz

 

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller

 

There is no death. Only a change of worlds – Chief Seattle

 

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us. – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it. – Samuel Butler

 

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened – Anatole France

 

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives Whole – Roger Caras

 

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went – Will Rogers

 

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle – Saint Francis of Assisi

 

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

 

“People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way.”
― Ashly Lorenzana

 

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. ”
― James Thurber

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