I've come across a Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs by the Rev. J. Hinton Knowles (Bombay: Education Society's Press, 1885). There I found our household friends used to illustrate all sorts of concerns in ways very different from my everyday life. Have a look.
If the cat grew wings, the water-fowl could not live in the lakes. -- That is, when a cunning tyrannical fellow is checked from doing much harm by sickness, poverty, or some such.
I am not so angry at the cat eating the ghee, as I am at her shaking her tail. -- It was not the loss I minded so much as the man's rudeness and impenitence.
The cat's moon. -- That is, such excitement that I could not sleep or do anything; cats were said to get more and more excited as the moon waxed, till their shrieks kept up the neighborhood.
I would sing but the cat has eaten my ghee. -- Circumstances are so that a person is afraid to speak or to act for himself.
You only get manure from hitting a dog. -- What is the good of a policeman beating a poor man? He will not get a bribe.
A village tiger and a city dog are equal. -- A stupid man from the city is equal to the great man of the village. (Hmm!?)
He has not even a 'bishtah' for the cat, nor a 'durah' for the dog -- so good is he! -- That is, he would not hurt a worm. Bishtah and durah are sounds for driving away cats and dogs respectively.