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.
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!!This book provides examples of:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Gus the Theatre Cat's proudest achievement was playing a character called "Firefrorfiddle, the Fiend of the Fell."
* AwesomeMcCoolname: The second name of a cat should be like this.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing when [[spoiler:Growltiger]] kicked the bucket.
* BeyondTheImpossible: "....He breaks the law of gravity..."
* CaptainErsatz: Macavity is obviously meant to be an allusion to [[SherlockHolmes Moriarty]].
* CarnivoreConfusion: Jennyanydots ''teaches'' mice and cockroaches. Presumably, she's fed by her human owners.
* CatsAreMean: Subverted - like humans, there are mean cats and nice cats.
* TheChessmaster: Macavity's behind every crime.
* CoolTeacher: Jennyanydots.
* DiabolicalMastermind: "Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity / He's broken every human law; he breaks the law of gravity."
* 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 more dignified one, and one 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 SherlockHolmes canon.
** Amongst the many [[SmokyGentlemensClub Smoky Gentlemen's Clubs]] where Bustopher Jones gets fed is the [[Creator/PGWodehouse Drones]].
* 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!
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