I have seen it suggested…
…. that a puppy might be an answer existential crises, presumably due to the fact that the needs of a dog will assure you that your own existence is necessary for it to continue. It’s not a Cartesian perspective, but I’d never deny that there are different ways to look at the world.
While I appreciate that I do have a liking for “be a link in the chain” types of thought, remember that from a cat’s perspective you simply do not exist until the point where you can do something for the cat. You are, basically, moving furniture prior to that point. This strikes me as a helpful way of envisioning a more scientific perspective. Your own ego matters not; the things that will or will not occur are important. I admit that we do need to envision a specific cat as God to read it precisely like this, but that if we go by what we observe then that doesn’t seem completely unreasonable.
Of course I’m a modernist at heart and I’ll begin to wonder about points of view and so forth. Seriously, though, do you expect me to argue with a cat?
Going back to the start of this, anyway – it’s not a cat/dog thing to start with. I’ve met at least one terrier who occupies the cat-coded position, and I wouldn’t argue with her. She’s never bitten a human, but her woofing is fierce. I don’t want to be sent off by her.