Image credit here. Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen, 1532-1533, Oil on wood, 26'' x 20", Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Zuffi tells us:
"...our attention is caught by the presence of a handsome tabby cat in the foreground. Our friend has chosen as always, the best spot: reclining amid the comforting folds of a cloth...."
I get it. You put a blanket or piece of clothing or newspaper on the floor, my cats are on it in a heartbeat like it was exactly what they were waiting for.