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Study reveals why cats are attracted to people who don't like them

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Cats are attracted to people who don't like them and there is an explanation behind this behaviour! Experts explain.

By Emilie Heyl

Published on the , Updated on the

Many cat owners have noticed it at least once: their cats are attracted to people who don't like them at all and run away from those who are enthusiastic about them. This is one of the paradoxes of cat behaviour. 

Researchers finally came up with a very simple explanation. Cats, not all of them, but most of them, seem to be more interested in people who are not interested in them, or more precisely who are afraid of them.


Why are cats so attracted to people who don’t like them?

This is because cats observe and try to understand people who are shying away from them and who appear to be watching them. People who are afraid of cats or allergic to them behave in a way that intrigues cats. They look at them out of the corner of their eye, avoid their gaze or even try to move away. The cat is attracted because he considers it a game. So the animal's hunting instinct takes over: he wants to chase those who try to get away from him.

Gazing is a way of communicating with a cat

In felines, a stare announces aggression. If two cats look at each other for a few moments with round eyes, a fight is about to break out. Moreover, discretion is a kind of politeness for them: when two cat friends meet, they look at each other briefly, then look away while getting closer. The cat is attracted to its fellow cat, who seems not to pay the slightest attention to it!

If you want to smile at a cat, you have to blink very slowly and not open your eyes completely.

How do you get a cat's attention?

Most of the time, when a cat meets a new person who is desperate to hold and pet it, and who keeps looking at it, the feline may feel uncomfortable and will try to leave. Cats don't like to feel invaded and are always wary at first contact. Therefore, if you want to make friends with a cat, use the paradox method instead: pretend that you are not interested in him. The cat will be attracted if you don't stare at it. Simply offer him the back of your hand so he can sniff you. Ignore it even if it sniffs your legs. If it stays close to you, it can be petted without any problem.

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