Hate is probably too strong a word to use here. Have you ever noticed that cats will often gravitate toward the person in the room that either isn’t a cat lover at all or is allergic to them? It’s not really a case of wanting what they can’t have. This cat behavior is much simpler than that, it turns out.
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Cats Can Investigate On Their Own Terms
Cats are quite territorial creatures and naturally want to investigate anyone or anything new that enters their domain. People that are cat lovers usually make a fuss over the cat. They have a tendency to get into the cat’s space. Doing this makes it difficult for the cat to check out their scent to be sure they pass muster.
On the other hand, people that don’t like cats or avoid them due to allergies will keep their distance, doing their best to avoid the cat. Cats actually prefer this, because it gives them a chance to thoroughly investigate the person without being disturbed. This behavior makes sense to me. I’m an observer, and like to check out the scene from the shadows.
Do some observing the next time there’s a group of people and a cat in the room. Chances are you’ll find the cat closest to the one that wants to be the farthest away from them.
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Another good all-around resource is the book Think Like A Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett. This book covers a variety of issues such as effective communications with your cat, basic training and behavior modification. It’s a great resource for any cat guardian. I’ve referred to it often when working with cat clients.