Do Cats Like Humans? Yes, With Some Conditions!

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If you find yourself doubting whether or not your feline baby likes you, it’s because cats are notoriously known for being picky with people. This tricky relationship you might develop with them is one of the reasons why some people don’t like cats to begin with. However, just as we humans play favorites, cats too can prefer one human over the other.

The real question shouldn’t be, “do cats like humans?” but “why do cats like humans?” Once you know the secret to their heart, you will never have to doubt your parenting skills ever again!

This article lays out some of the most important factors that determine why a cat may or may not like you.

Affectionate Breeds

Cat behaviorists agree that cats’ affection towards humans varies depending on their breed. Some cats might be affectionate with more people than other cats who get attached to one person. However, independent-minded or feral breeds are far more difficult to tame and socialize with humans, and it’s best to avoid them altogether.

See below the different types of breeds based on their degree of affection.

Most affectionate breeds

  • Siamese
  • Siberians
  • Russian Blues
  • Bengals
  • Bombays
  • Himalayans

One-person breeds

  • Scottish Fold
  • Ragdoll
  • Tonkinese
  • Birman
  • Sphynx
  • Kurilian Bobtail
  • Burmese

More independent breeds

  • Norwegian Forest cat
  • LaPerm
  • Abyssinian

Personality

Remember that their breed does not always determine their affection. What breed they are, goes hand-in-hand with who they are. Their personality is a major and unique factor to every cat. Some cats are more independent and isolated, while others seek affection and cuddles! This is not only a matter of breed but also personality.

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Personal Space

Cats value their personal space, and when it is invaded, they do not like it. They can be moody when you pay attention to them, and they can be grumpy when you don’t. If you can handle your feline baby’s mood swings and learn how to read them, you will be rewarded with your cat’s love. The secret is to give them the control they need. Let them decide when they want to play with you and when to be left alone.

Trust

Did you know? Cats lived among humans for thousands of years. They chose to domesticate themselves around 9,000 years ago.

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Cats do not trust easily. They are predators, which means they can sense fear but also anticipate threat. If you come off more aggressive to them, by having direct contact with them when you approach them for example, it might be difficult for them to trust you. Even accidentally stepping on their tail one too many times can tarnish their trust for you. Always approach them with caution and a relaxed manner.

Researchers Say

According to a survey on social interaction in domestic cats, most feline pets enjoy interacting with someone while they are eating or playing with a toy. Another research has proven that cat behavior varies depending on the amount of attention they get.

There is very little research on cat-human social behavior. However, so far, when researchers are confronted with the question, do cats like humans? The short answer is “yes” — as long as humans abide by their own conditions. Get to know your cat better! There could be other factors that apply specifically to your feline baby. Interact with them more often while playing, and check whether their distance from you is a health factor such as anxiety.

All in all, pay attention to them. Learn their habits and understand what they like or don’t like. That is the key to every cat’s heart.

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