Do you have a cat who routinely seems to head toward the one visitor in your home who doesn’t like cats? Does your cat try everything to get close to the one guest who is allergic to cats? Is it some kind of radar? Does your cat take pleasure in watching your guests cringe in fear at the approaching feline? You can relax because it’s not some kind of kitty conspiracy.
The reason your cat can zero in on the visitors who dislike cats or the ones who are highly allergic is that person, in almost all cases, makes absolutely no attempt to interact. There’s no direct eye contact and you can bet that visitor won’t reach down to pet or hold your cat.
How Your Cat Views Visitors
Cats are territorial and from their point of view, their home is their territory. When guests come over for a visit some cats view them with suspicion. After all, these visitors have an unfamiliar scent and they don’t move or sound at all like familiar family members. The cat lovers who visit your home may rush right over to the cat to greet him without paying attention to body language and signals that the cat is giving that clearly say “back off.” The guest who immediately approaches your cat doesn’t give him time to do any kind of scent investigation or make a determination about whether the approaching human is friend or foe. The cat haters or the people with cat allergies, however, will ignore the cat and this gives him all the freedom he needs to check them out at his own pace. Your cat actually feels less threatened because because he doesn’t have to worry about being approached or cornered.
A Better Approach When it Comes to Your Cat and Your House Guests
If you know your cat views guests with suspicion, then inform them beforehand not to initiate any interaction. Let your cat feel comfortable enough to approach in his own time to do a scent investigation. The guests shouldn’t look directly at the cat, talk to him or attempt to touch him.