It is said that in a room full of people a domestic cat is more likely to be attracted to a person who is either allergic to cats, hates cats or is a dog person. Why is this? I am not sure that it is entirely true to be honest but I’ll proceed on the basis that it is true.
In this Larry (No 10’s house cat) meets Obama moment (see photo below), it must have been tricky for Larry. He is being held by the then Prime Minister’s aide so he is not free to move out of the way. I think the method of introduction was managed incorrectly but I understand why Larry was held. It allowed Obama to touch Larry. Obama is not a non-cat person but more a dog person as I recall.
The reason why cats tend to be attracted to non-cat people in a formal setting is probably to do with how people present themselves to cats with whom they are unfamiliar. Non-cat people don’t want anything to do with the cat which inadvertently is perhaps the best way to introduce yourself to a strange cat: just ignore them and let them come forward to explore you.
The alternative is to impose yourself too strongly on the cat which may be the behavior of some cat lovers who lean-forward from up on high and thrust hands into the cat’s face declaring through their body language that they love cats.
This behavior may been threatening to a timid cat who runs or an opportunity for a confident cat to have a swipe in treating the hand as prey.
I am generalising and exaggerating a little to make the point. It certainly pays to be confident when meeting a cat for the first time and still and calm. It also helps to not stand over them i.e. get down low but this is common sense. It is really about letting the cat make the moves and respecting the cat’s feelings and desires.
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