Perhaps they've been trusted with some major cosmic task, an essential law of physics -- such as: if there are less than five million cats sleeping at any one time the world will stop spinning. So that when you look at them and think,
they are, in fact, working very, very hard."
by Kate Atkinson, b. 1951
I am also reminded of Eleanor Farjeon's clever little poem, which has been illustrated as a children's book many times:
Cats Sleep Anywhere
Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair.
Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge.
Open drawer, empty shoe, anybody's lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don't care! Cats sleep anywhere.
Eleanor Farjeon, 1881 - 1965
English children's author
Farjeon also wrote the lyrics to "Morning Has Broken," way back before Cat Stevens made them famous (click here to hear).
For my favorite Farjeon passage,
check out: "The Precious Firstlings"