Image credit Carnegie Museum of Art. Caroline Luise Kaercher With Cat, Robert Street, 1830, oil canvas, 30" x 25", held by Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.
The image is a bit grainy to discern, but to me the kitty actually seems to be enjoying the attention. Not quite relaxed, but OK with the situation...for now, anyway.
Of course, since we seldom know what a cat is really thinking, the feline may just as easily be looking for the opportunity to bolt.