Unless it's actually observed, it's in both states, both dead and alive.
The last cat I saw was in the 'licking its balls' state...which might actually be the state of Florida.
This made me think of the Family Guy episode when Brian (the dog) was in jail, and looking at a nude magazine for dogs (can't remember the clever name of the mag), and every now and then dipped his head down. That show...
"I told him, Larry [Fitzgerald], if you break one of my records, I’ve still got 36 more." -Jerry Rice