The inherent differences between cats and dogs are most obvious in those first few minutes when you wake up in the morning. Both are watching you closely to determine the exact moment when you cross from slumber to grogginess (and trust me, that subtle shift in breathing when you start to wake up? They are both in tune with that).
The dog wants knows when he can tell you how excited he is that you’re finally awake and how he has your entire day planned out, including a quick run outside, a two-hour game of tennis ball fetch, a few minutes to chew on his newest toy, an afternoon of chasing squirrels and rabbits, and a few hours of tummy rubbing on the couch…and then he flops over as if to tell you that it’s okay to start with a little tummy rubbing right off the bat.
The cat, on the other hand, spends his nights plotting his world domination. He knows it is just a matter of time before he figures out who will clean his litter box once he topples your rule. He’s often still lost in thought when you wake up. Letting you see his plotting is all part of the mental domination that he mastered as a kitten.
And let’s be real: the cat’s look of complete superiority as the sun peeks over the horizon? Utterly terrifying. But it gets me moving out of bed every time.