A collection of cat poems written by Creator/TSEliot. They were largely written for his godchildren, and are thus rather more whimsical and cheerful than his more famous poetry. Nonetheless, it does contain Eliot's gift for allusions and sharp observations. The first edition, published by Faber and Faber, also featured his own illustrations. Other versions included illustrations by Creator/EdwardGorey.

Eliot's poems describe a number of curious and most singular cats, all of whom encompass common (if exaggerated) aspects of feline behaviour. Unlike its more famous adaptation, the musical ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'', the poems have little connection with one another, and there is no overarching storyline.
!!This book provides examples of:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Gus the Theatre Cat's proudest achievement was playing a character called "Firefrorfiddle, the Fiend of the Fell."
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: When [[spoiler:Growltiger]] kicked the bucket.
* AnimalNamingConventions: Cats are said to have three different names, a family name bestowed by their humans, one name unique to them, and a third secret name "that no human research can discover, but the cat himself knows, and will never confess".
* AwesomeMcCoolname: "The Naming of Cats" decrees that every cat should have one as his/her second name; one of those amazing names that "never belong to more than one cat." It gives Munkustrap, Quaxo, Coricopat, Bombalurina, and Jellylorum as examples.
* BeyondTheImpossible: When people say Macavity's wickedness knows no bounds, they ''mean'' it:
-->Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity\\
He's broken every human law. He breaks the law of gravity.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Jennyanydots ''teaches'' mice and cockroaches. Presumably, she's fed by her human owners.
* TheChessmaster: Macavity's behind every crime.
* CoolTeacher: Jennyanydots.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Macavity.
-->They say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known,\\
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)\\
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time\\
Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime.
* EarNotch: Growltiger's description states, in pertinent part, "One ear was somewhat missing, no need to tell you why...."
* FormallyNamedPet: Mr. Mistoffelees.
* IHaveManyNames: "Each cat must have three different names." An everyday one, a unique one, and one that only the cat knows.
* IKnowYourTrueName: The cat's third name should be only known to him or herself.
* MegaNeko: Bustopher Jones as the fat kind, and the Great Rumpuscat as the huge and scary type.
* OutlawCouple: Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer.
* ShoutOut:
** Macavity's poem contains several to the Literature/SherlockHolmes canon. The description of Macavity's appearance echoes the description of Moriarty in "The Final Problem", and the list of his crimes includes references to several of Holmes's cases.
** Amongst the many [[SmokyGentlemensClub Smoky Gentlemen's Clubs]] where Bustopher Jones gets fed is the [[Creator/PGWodehouse Drones]].
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Rum Tum Tugger
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Gus, the Theatre Cat.
* YourTomcatIsPregnant: Implied by the crowning achievement of Mr. Mistoffelees, The Original Conjuring Cat:
-->And not long ago this phenomenal Cat\\
Produced seven kittens right out of a hat!