Did Curiosity Really Kill The Cat?

Published by in Humor
18th Dec 2010

Cats are known for being curious, as well as vocal and independent. Some cats, such as the Siamese cats, are known for opening doors and drawers. Calico cats will follow their owner from room to room, in order to observe what they are doing. The untimely death of one particular feline is supposed to have inspired this particular proverb, which is used to warn people about the dangers of being too curious.


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One of the earliest known appearances of this proverb in print was made in the Galveston Daily News in 1898. In the newspaper, it was written that curiosity once killed a Thomas cat. So was the origin of the proverb based on the adventures of a male cat? Did he get stuck or fall after investigating a chimney? Was he one of those cats that like to sit on fences and sing? Did he try to find a new spot to sing and end up in a cat fight? Did he poke his nose into a pipeline?


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Cats start exploring their surroundings when they are very young and older female cats have their paws full keeping their kittens out of trouble. Adult cats seem to find it hard to resist an open door anywhere inside or outside the house. Cat owners with curious cats should take precautions to keep their cats safe, such as not keeping sharp knives out where cats can reach them, storing poisons out of the reach of their cats and keeping their windows screened at all times.


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However, while curiosity or inquisitiveness supposedly leads both cats and people into dangerous situations, curiosity is a good thing. Curious people and cats, learn more about their surroundings by investigating what is around them. Predators such as cats are known for being curious. Knowing everything about your surroundings helps you to defend yourself from threats. For cats, being curious can also help them to find food, or opportunities for hunting. Maybe it wasn’t curiosity that killed the cat. Maybe it was carelessness.

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  • J Anderson

    Good Post

  • clay hurtubise

    Fun piece.
    I’ve never done this before,so please forgive for linking… I’d like to share this with you… http://newsflavor.com/satire/kittens-the-new-fast-food/


  • Raj the Tora

    I totally agree with you, Without curiosity, there is no risk-taking spirit, and without the risk-taking spirit, there are no new inventions. Very good work Sharifa

  • wonder

    It is curiosity that makes us live on, but the cat’s wasn’t a happy ending and a bit comical too!

  • fagina

    I really like the way you have drafted this article:) And loved the conclusion :)

  • awesome11

    band baaja baraat

  • clandestinef

    Thanks for sharing this one. I love it.

  • albert1jemi

    great post

  • PSingh1990

    Nice Share.


  • Francois Hagnere

    Great post, Sharifa. I love cats. Thank you my friend.

  • Michal Dorcak

    This was very interesting reading. My grandma has a very curious cat…

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Thanks J. Anderson.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Clay, I’m sure the link will be interesting. Haven’t checked it yet. Will do so in a moment.

  • gaby7

    Yeah-we use to use that adage quite a lot in our colloquial speech-but now I know curiosity does not always have to kill the cat or anybody because knowledge is better ignorance

  • nz2rdfox

    Great share my friend..and carelessness oftentimes lead us into harm’s way..:)

    Thanks for an interesting share:)

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Thanks Nancy.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Hello Raj,
    When you take risks we all benefit from your learning my friend.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    It was ;-)

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Awesome please translate.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Thanks Clandestine.

    Thanks PSingh.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    You’re welcome Francois. ;-)

    Michal, it must be an interesting creature.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Hi Gaby,
    You are right. People perish for lack of knowledge.

    I’m glad you liked it Fagina.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Thanks Albert.

    You are right Nz.

  • LCM Linda

    Curiosity is fine, but need to be careful to avoid hurting oneself.

  • Love Nancy

    Nicely Written…..!!! Keep it up.!!

  • yes me

    Liked this one lots cheers

  • Jimmy Shilaho

    I think while cats may be curious, curiosity rarely kills them, it kills humans instead. Very lovely write.

  • Sharif Ishnin

    True, inexperience cats gets into the most trouble Sharifa.:) I always have one curious feline poking its nose onto my monitor screen. I hope one day it can do the writing and typing for me.lol.

  • papaleng

    I too agree, cats are adventurous animals, and they like taking risks.

  • OhSugar

    Love this. I thought, aren’t we all curious cats sometimes in our lives? We try different ventures, for example writing here on triond. Curiosity can produce positive outcomes.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    We do have to watch out for danger LCM.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Lol. I wonder what it would write about Sharif.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Like climbing up Christmas trees. ;-)

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  • LewSethics

    The title was a real grabber. I like the old comic book cover, where did you find that? The whole article was good, as usual. I used to love cats, but somehow I don’t care too much for them anymore. Probably from opening all those doors for them all the time.

  • Starpisces

    haha, cats are so curious.
    Human beings also. If we like them, we will say they are curious, otherwise we will say they are nosey, always want to poke their noses into other people’s business… haha.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Thanks Anj.

    Thanks Lew, for your kind comments.

    Star, yes, some cats are just into everything.lol

    Cheers Matt.

  • SharifaMcFarlane

    Jimmy that’s one case where it pays to be discreet about our interest.

    It can OhSugar.