Forget all that bosh about “cats are aloof,” etc. When cats want your attention, they’re prepared to go some lengths to get it. Reading a book? Writing an essay? Adding a long column of figures? Well, too bad! They’ll do whatever it takes–lie down across the book, grab your hand, chew on the pen, meow, pat your face–to get your attention.
Of course, when you try to get the cat’s attention–well, good luck with that.