Why not: The cat IS SLEEPING on the table? DL accepts the progressive meaning in lots of other similar situations?
that sounds right. Highly unlikely that the table is the cat's habitual sleeping place of choice:-)
Really a good point! For me 'is sleeping' just sounded right, closer to what someone would normally say. But your observation explains WHY it sounds right! Grazie! That said, I've got to confess to having a 20 lb fat cat who pretty much habitually sleeps on the table -- it's pretty much Georgio's place of choice!