The Ad-dressing of Cats

With Cats, some say, one rule is true:
Don't speak until you're spoken to.
Myself I do not hold with that -
I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.
But always keep in mind that he
Resents familiarity.
I bow, and taking off my hat,
Ad-dress him in this form: O CAT!

- T.S. Eliot
(from "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats". illus by: Edward Gorey)