My neighbor’s cats love our back deck where they can strategically perch next to the bird feeder. Cats always seem to be at rest while being totally alert. Aware presence is what a cat is. Cats are master meditators. A Zen master was asked how he became enlightened and he said: “By watching my cat.”
Birds are too restless. Dogs only focuse on you. Cats, however, have a 360 degree awareness that is always on. We too have that awareness, this background awareness, but we are more like the dog that focuses only on some object in the foreground. Our background awareness is rarely noticed and activate, except when we are day dreaming while driving a car, and we go for miles until we suddenly jerk back wondering where we are. Who was driving the car while you were gone? Ask your cat?