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The cat appears in the third act pas de caractère of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty, The tale opens with the third and youngest son of a miller receiving his inheritance—a cat.
When the king stops to investigate, the cat tells him that his master the Marquis has been bathing in the river and robbed of his clothing.
The cat persuades his master to remove his clothes and enter the river which their carriage passes.
The cat disposes of his master's clothing beneath a rock.
The tale appeared in a handwritten and illustrated manuscript two years before its 1697 publication by Barbin in a collection of eight fairy tales by Perrault called Histoires ou contes du temps passé.
Perrault's Histoires has had considerable impact on world culture.