feed a dog for three days and he will remember your kindness for three years; feed a cat for three years and she will forget your kindness in three days

Japanese proverb. The variant Keep a dog.. is also found.

1892 L. HEARN ‘In a Japanese Garden’ in Atlantic Monthly July 26 Cats are ungrateful. ‘Feed a dog for three days,’ says a Japanese proverb, ‘and he will remember your kindness for three years; feed a cat for three years, and she will forget your kindness in three days.’

1921 C. VAN VECHTEN Tiger in the House 137 A Japanese proverb has it that A dog will remember a three days’ kindness three years while a cat will forget a three years’ kindness in three days. This may be regarded as a compliment to the intelligence of the cat.

2007 ‘Sagara Likes Kaname?’ posting on http://www.forums.animesuki.com 31 Jan. Maybe familiarity breeds attraction, in this case. What is the Japanese saying? Feed a dog for three days and it becomes attached to you? (shrug).


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