I don't agree with a lot of the "cat stereotypes" out there, like saying that cats are always snooty and mean. They aren't. They are cuddly and lovable, and I personally think cats have more likable qualities than dogs (go ahead, boo and hiss; my opinion will remain unchanged). One fact remains, however, and I don't think anyone will argue with it: cats do have a mind of their own. If you've ever tried to take a picture of a cat that does not feel like having its picture taken, you know what I am talking about.
My kitty, Gavana, has her moods when she poses nicely for me and even "smiles" in a way. The other day she wasn't feeling so obliging, and so we brought out a distraction (in the form of my mom with a toy). The result was two perfectly posed shots, basically the same but just enough different that I couldn't decide which I liked better. :-) Too bad I didn't have her on a backdrop to cut out the couch in the background!