As esteemed cat lover T. S. Eliot wrote in Old Possum’s Book of Practical 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 ÔÇö
He’s sure to have his personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when he’s finished, licks his 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 him by his name."
Like us, he knew that cats are very particular creatures who demand only the finest from life. They worry not about the trappings of the material world; rather, they indulge in simple pleasures, such as napping in fresh, warm laundry and chasing after errant specks of dust. They know they cannot please everyone all the time, so they focus only on pleasing themselves … even in the presence of company. She will come when and if she wants to, but when she does, it will be good, and the joy we derive from a cat cuddling in our laps cannot be expressed in words.
So without further ado,
we present to you
five fancy felines
to peruse a while
and make your heart glow and your mouth smile.