She felt the loneliness in her. She felt that way because of her husband’s treatment, although she is desperately needs to be loved and getting some attention. She doesn’t get enough respect from her husband because of her childish act and insecurities. Their relationship on rocks as the story progresses, where he offered to help but he continued reading and how her wife complained about her dissatisfaction. It shows that how oblivious her husband is towards his wife. Also, she wants to have a stable home life, instead of travel life, where she can enjoy spending time more with her husband or potential family, referring the line “And I want to eat at a table with my own silver and I want candles…”
Furthermore, from the line “ I want to have a kitty to sit on my lap and purr when I stroke her.” indicates that she wanted to have someone to accompany her whenever she is lonely or her desires to have children. She thinks that having children can strengthen the relationship, as well as rekindling the bond between her and her husband.
Based on the line, “The cat was trying to make herself so compact that she would not be dripped on.” implies that the cat’s situation is similar to the current situation of American girl. It made her realize that she cannot fit into her current situation with her husband and doesn’t want to be in that position as the cat does.