Do cats like people?

I don’t know about you but I’m 100% sure my cat likes me. Cats are often dubbed as aloof animals. Non-cat lovers even have the notion that these animals are opportunistic given the fact that they will tolerate the attention, the cuddling and the petting of people that provide them with their basic needs. People that don’t like cats believe that cats’ association with human is nothing but a survival strategy. However, it is generally believed that cats like people.

Do cats really like humans? Are non-cat lovers justified in thinking that cats do not really like people and that associating with humans is simply done to ensure a steady supply of the cats’ basic needs? To answer these questions, one has to understand the nature of these animals. Showing blatant affection to the human friends is a typical characteristic of dogs. Dogs would follow the owner around…would shower the owner with sloppy kisses and would get close to the human friend every chance they can get. Dogs form strong bonds with the human family thus it is not surprising if these pets would be extra affectionate. Additionally, dogs are pack animals and as such would have an inherent eagerness to please whoever is considered as the alpha male or the leader of the pack. Because the owner is almost always recognized by the dog as the pack leader, the owner would find it easy to make the pet obey commands.

Cats on the other hand have a very different kind of personality. Cats are independent and solitary animals. People that have had cats for pets would know that despite domestication, these animals remain aloof, self-reliant and almost wary of human attention. One very specific example of the cat’s aloof personality is its tendency to ignore the calling owner. A cat would not come when called. It is not uncommon for a cat to feign indifference to the attention given by the owner. This kind of behavior though does not mean that cats do not like people. Just like dogs, cats form strong ties with their owners too. However, it appears that these pets do not like people because unlike dogs, they are not inclined to follow their owners around. Moreover, a cat would not come when called unless it is known what is in store for him. Indeed, cats are very cautious animals.

Cats really do like people but these animals do not give their affection lightly. Studies conducted on feline behavior have noted that even if these animals are maltreated, they would not stray away from the home or from the people they consider as their owners. Cynics would say that this can be due to self-interest. Cats would stay with the people that are providing them with food. However, the cruelty of some people would extend to denying the pet access to food. In spite of this fact, cats would still stay in the home where it is abused and starved. This is one clear manifestation that cats really do like people. The notion that cats do not like people has possibly stemmed from the fact that these animals have the inclination to choose their own friends. A cat owner would certainly be irked to find that the cat that seems not to like his/her affection and attention would turn to another family member for some affectionate cuddling. Although not often seen, cats would manifest affectionate behaviors to people they like. Aside from jumping on the lap of the owner for a cuddle, cats have the habit of rubbing the body and the face against people they like. By doing so, the distinct smell of the cats that is secreted by the scent glands on the face is transferred to the person. This is the cat’s way of claiming the person as its own.

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