Sadie was cat-tested before we volunteered to foster her and failed utterly as foster parents. She was judged to be "cat-safe".
One morning, though, I was trying to photograph Indy, our first cat, in the dining room. Sadie walked into the room to see what I was doing, stopped, turned to her left to look at him, and gave him a long, long sighthound stare. It lasted for some seconds although it felt like it would go on forever.
With light coming in through our back windows and rear door Sadie's face was nicely illuminated from her right; more light spilled onto the floor behind her which made her stand out from the otherwise somewhat dark background. I wanted to focus on her right eye since that's what stood out to me, and set my camera to aperture-priority to blur the background. I framed her head closely and placed her eyes about one-third down from the top edge of the viewfinder. At a focal length of 120mm the aperture was not going to be as open as I would want but if I fiddled with settings trying to make things perfect I'd miss the shot. So I took one picture, and here's the result:
I'm still stunned the picture was this clear at 1/10 second. VR really helps in this kind of situation.
(Shot with the Nikon D200 set to aperture-priority, using the 18-200mm zoom set at f/5.3; camera chose 1/10 sec at ISO 200; normal white balance; normal JPG.)