Hello again, Jacqueline and thanks for your reply. I was offline when you posted back.
My name is Cher; I'm the expert who researched and found Little Cat Lost
and listed it in my answer as a possibility for you. I'm glad that this book by Elvira Garner looks familiar and is probably the one you remember reading with your daughter, all those years ago!
I researched for many hours, finding titles and descriptions of books that matched what you had said you remembered about it, and yes, the kitten in this book is named 'Bagatelle'!
Below, is a description of the book from a UK bookseller's site, but most of the books are listed as available from vendors in the U.S. and the prices seem reasonable (click on 'convert currency' to see the price in U.S. dollars:
Julian Messner, Inc., New York, 1943. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fair. No Jacket. Diana Thorne (illustrator). 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 24 pages. 'Bagatelle
had spent all of his short kitten life in a fine big house. Sometimes the people in the big house were kind to Bagatelle and he was very happy - but sometimes they forgot all about him.'
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