If a dog jumps into your lap it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing it is because your lap is warmer. —A. N. Whitehead
That is true about dogs who want to please us. But cats it may or may not be true depending upon the cat and how we treat them. Some cats aren’t lap cats. So, they won’t lay on your lap no matter what.
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. —Joseph Wood Krutch
Cats are independent and brave. They don’t care what anyone thinks of them. So, of course they have no trouble asking for what they want from us.