I send you a small sketch, ‘A Musical Cat.’ It will be perceived that each stroke is a sign used in music, and for the benefit of the uninitiated I give this explanation: Eyes, pauses; ears and nose, accents; whiskers, crescendos; mouth, mordente, outline of head, ties; collar, staff; bells, notes; body, two phrase lines; feet, two crescendos; toes, flats and sharps; tail, two ties.
— Mr. W. Gough, in Strand, October 1906
There was a young curate of Kew
Who kept a tom cat in a pew;
He taught it to speak
But it never got farther than μ.