*Vaska is a popular male name
(often used for cats)

Here's a rhyming version by Genia Gurarie:

Hush you mice! a cat is near us,
He can see us, he can hear us...
--What if he is on a diet?--
Even then you should be quiet!

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Genia Gurarie for contributing the second rhyming English version of this nursery rhyme.

My thanks also go out to Natalia, for contributing the Russian version of this rhyme, and the first, more literal English version.

Bolshoe spasibo!

Большое спасибо!