Just look at some of these photos:
Four years ago, famous novelist Paulo Coelho wrote in his blog about the story of a great Zen Buddhist master from the Mayu Kagi monastery who had a companion cat that joined him during meditation classes. When the master died, his disciple honored his memory by allowing the cat to continue attending the Zen Buddhist classes. Coelho narrated that this unique situation at the Mayu Kagi monastery became the talk of the town and, soon, other temples also welcomed cats in their meditation classes. As the story goes, when the original zen cat died, monks replaced it with another cat because by then, everyone believes that cats bring positive energy and promote increase human concentration.
This Japanese story provides a colorful narrative to back up cats' predilection for Buddhas and temples. It may or may not be true, but one thing is sure: cats can never pass up a chance for a good lap to sleep on, even if it's a 60-foot concrete sitting Buddha. – AJB