There does seem to be a Zen of cats — a state of self-absorption that is without a trace of self-deification, just an acceptance of some natural order where all is right in the best of all possible universes, a mixture of peacefulness, tranquillity, safety, sun-filled laziness, and the joy of knowing life is good. It is contentment of the most natural kind, so natural that it sometimes appears to exist on a higher plane. This is perhaps what cats are here to teach us: to live in the moment so completely, with such absorption, that the moment lasts forever.
- Contentment (Ch. 3), in ‘ The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats : A Journey into the Feline Heart ’ by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson