Stanley Spencer (June 30, 1891 to December 14, 1959) was an English painter. He wass the child of middle class privilege, and'produced art that resulted in many awards. He was fond of cats. Below is a work of his: "Hilda and I at Burghclere" (1955) and you see a cat is an essential element of domestic harmony. He in fact has been quoted as saying: "Wherever a cat sits, there shall happiness be first."
His first wife, Hlda Carline was also a painter. Here is another amazing work: "Wisteria at Englefield" (1954) which we got from a nice discussion of the artist here.