Yes, it’s true that cats often go to the one person in the room who hates cats or is scared of cats. There are reasons why cats like people who don’t like felines.
A cats’ lover makes eye contact
Cats are intimidated by eye contact, which is considered an attempt to dominate and control. That’s why cats like people who don’t like cats or are afraid of them. These people will either not bother to look at the cat because they don’t find cats particularly interesting, and those who are afraid of cat will avoid looking at the thing that scares them. It makes the cat feel safe.
Cats sense fear
Cats are pretty good at sensing feelings. When a person is afraid of them, the cat gains confidence. Someone who’s afraid of you is less likely to attack you. So the cat feels safe with a person who’s afraid of cats.
Look at it from the feline point of view. You walk in the jungle and see two bears. One of them shows no fear of humans, and the other looks scared of people. Which one would you prefer to be around?
We’re much bigger than cats, and cats are often frightened of humans. No wonder cats like people who don’t like cats. Look at this giant whale. It just loves people, and it’s heading toward you right now. How does that make you feel?
Cats don’t always want to be touched
Cats are sensitive and defensive. They don’t always like their belies rubbed, or their chins. And some cats don’t like to be touched anywhere by a stranger. Cats are intelligent animals, and they understand when a person shows interest in them and walks toward them, there’s a pretty good chance of his bald, huge human hands finding their way to their fur.
Cats lover: Oh, what a cutiepie. I wonder if it’s velvety or fluffy. Let’s find out.
Cat: Over my dead body, human.
Cats don’t always like it when a stranger invades their personal space, which is exactly what a cats’ lover does when seeing a beautiful cat lounging on the sofa at a friend’s house. He walks closer to admire the cat, but the cat may not want to be admired from such a short distance. From a cats’ point of view, it’s like someone who gets in your face. Cats like a cats’ hater’s presence better because he keeps his distance.
Cats are sensitive to smells, and they may take their time getting used to a new smell. A cats’ lover rushes over, bringing his smell with him. Cats like it when people who don’t like cats keep their distance because that lets the cat get used to their smell on his own time and terms.
Being the boss
Cats like making the decisions. They want to be the ones who decide if and when the connection is made. The ability to decide it taken away by an over enthusiastic cats’ lover who makes the first move, instead of the boss, Mr. Cat, deciding on the time and spot where the meeting would take place.
Listen, hooman, this is how it works, OK? You don’t calls us. We calls you if we is interested. Hooman sits in da corner, and we watch and gets an impression of what kind of hooman you is, and if you is good enough, we gives you a call.
Cats are scared of noise, and cats’ lovers sometimes make noise. Their approaching footsteps, their high voices when they talk baby talk to the cat, and the way some people mew at cats. No wonder cats prefer people who don’t like cats. Cats haters would never make these annoying and scaring sounds.
How to approach a cat
Some cats actually like cats lovers. The friendly and trusting cats fall into this category. However, if the cat is shy of strangers, there are steps you can take to make the cat feel comfortable.
- Give the cat time to get used to you
- Call the cat over instead of walking toward the cat
- Don’t rub the cat’s belly or chin
- Speak in a hushed voice
- Pet the cat very gently
- Blink slowly and purr, then look away.
I know it’s true that cat like people who don’t like cats, because my cats always run out the door whenever a stranger is about to enter the house. But when a guy who suffers from asthma triggered by cats walked into the house, my cat leaped on top of the desk and looked right at him, and I had to shoo her out the house, into the yard.
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