|Sylvie, aged 8, sunning herself in the rear courtyard|
... from ... The Ad-dressing of Cats
Before a Cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream;
And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie,
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste -
She's sure to have her personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when she's finished, licks her paws
So's not to waste the onion sauce.)
A Cat's entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call her by her name.
... Thomas Sterns Eliot (1939)