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Why Cats Like People Who Don't Like Them

Pet show host Warren Eckstein talks about a new study that suggests cats often approach people who don't like them - and show no interest in them - because they find them less threatening.

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"Scientists now believe that this behavior appears much less threatening to the cat and that's why cats are attracted to people who don't like them."

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Do cats like people who don't like them? Listen carefully. Cats seem to be partial to people who don't particularly like them. A cat will rub up against that person, even jump on that person's lap, content to sit there. Of course all this attention from an unwanted source is bound to make the person uncomfortable to say the least. That same gentle, loving cat will shy away from people who make a fuss over him or her. In our eagerness to reach the cat and lavish affection, we may appear terrifying to the cat. Researchers have finally, finally come up with the reason for this behavior and what they discovered may surprise you. People who don't like cats will sit quietly in a cats presence. They make no eye contact, they don't touch the cat, completely ignoring the cat, scientists now believe that this behavior appears much less threatening to the cat and that's why cats are attracted to people who don't like them more than people that do. I got some question about that but it's a reasonable response.