Pack Mentality Differs for the Two Species
Dogs are pack members, and throughout history, have worked in groups. Because of this, they see their pet parent while the pack leader, searching for direction and following it closely. Dogs have a tendency to interact to have things done, so your dog will involve himself in your routines as a means to connect with you.
Cats are solitary hunters. They’re very independent creatures, and often don’t rely on their humans for much past their basic needs of food and a clean litter box. They’re content being alone all night at a time. To connect with a cat, you often need to take the initial step. Simply because they aren’t pack animals, doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy obtaining a nice back scratch from their human family.