Okay so the cat is not a direct object in those sentence then? Because the dog is doing the action, right?
I believe that cat is not an object here at all, not even indirect, it's a part of the location description, ליד החתול.
Ahh, thanks. Grammar is not my strong point even in English, appaerently and I seem to be adding "את" when it isn't needed and forgetting it when it is some of the time with Hebrew.
Maybe because even in English you can sit near something but not necessarily next to it? If I sit across the table from someone I am near them but not next to them.