“TIME SPENT WITH CATS IS NEVER WASTED.”
Is this Sigmund Freud’s quote?
Contrary to popular belief, Sigmund Freud (the father of psychiatry) did NOT coin this quote. The quote has been attributed to him erroneously. In a letter to his friend Arnold Zweig, Freud wrote: “I, as is well known, do not like cats“.
Freud was a dog lover and had many throughout his life and even in his psychiatric practice. One of his dogs, Jofi (see below) would know when the session was up, rise from her resting position on the floor and leave the room. When she did that, Freud told his patient that the session has ended.
However, Collette (see below) DID say: “Time spent with a cat is never wasted” a slightly different version of the Freud attributed quote.