Prenez soin de mon chat - Asano illustrateur---this to me says everything you…
Spring Night by Seiju Omoda, Japan, 1891-1933 "He is called "Poetic Painter". Not only Nature, he painted Insects, Animals and Fishes etc.. in silent poetic sentiment. They also contain the sence of humor."
White Peacock, Kikuchi Shokin. Japanese hanging scroll painting.
Young cat sleeping under saxifrage (detail) by Maruyama Okyo. Asian Art Museum
White Cat and Red Flowers, by Chou Nien-Tsu (Chinese, Qing dynasty, 1644-1911) [fleurs = Cannas]
Cat Watching a Butterfly: Gao Chengmu, Late 18th century.