Have you read "The Cat that Walked by Himself" from Kipling's "Just So Stories"?
It portrays the best representation of a cat's relationship with humankind that I know, with dignity and humour. Remarkable for a children's story!

"Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" - 'Abandon all hope, ye who enter'.
Dante (Durante degli) Alighieri, "La Divina Commedia", "Inferno", c 1308-1321