This is a kitty whose bowl is empty. This kitty is displaying a dignified, self-confident manner of waiting for the person to come and fill the bowl. This kitty is completely composed, completely self-possessed, completely confident that food will appear. Poised, as it were.
But in five minutes, if the bowl is still empty, it will be a completely different story.
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