Image credit here. Marcella, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1910, oil on canvas, 39" x 30", held by Brucke Museum, Berlin, Germany.
Zuffi tells us:
Marcella is huddled on a divan, in a solitude that is emphasized by the liquor bottles on the table; her wide eyes gaze into the distance.. Almost in the same pose, and on the same divan, is a white cat; but unlike the girl, the cat is sleeping soundly. In the apparent similarity between the poses, Kirchner appears to want to stress their opposing attitudes: the pensive anxiety of Marcella, and the peaceful, almost philosophical abandon of the cat.
Me, I just know that cats like to be with you while pretending they are not actually with you.