10 Scientific Ways to Get a Cat to Like You

10 Scientific Ways to Get a Cat to Like You



In this video, we’ll show you 10 proven ways to get a cat to love you.

Let them make the first move
Cats are so adorable that people want to greet them with a big hug. Some people go up to the cat, corner them, and try to pet them to win them over. But remember, this is a common mistake for cat lovers. According to the recent studies, it’s best to let the cat make the first move. A study conducted in Switzerland has shown that when humans sit back and wait—and focus on something else, like reading a book—cats are more likely to approach.
This is why many kitties are attracted to allergic people—as people with allergies don’t really seek out to pet cats.
Pet them where they enjoy it most
How does your cat enjoy being pet?
A study conducted by the University of Lincoln i found that cats show more positive behavioral responses—like purring or kneading—when they are pet between the eyes and ears. And they display more negative responses—like hissing, swatting or swishing their tails—when they are pet around their tail area.
Yes, that’s right. Cats don’t actually enjoy being stroked at the base of their tail. Researchers believe that a cat’s tail area is an erogenous zone.
Check your scent
A cat’s sense of smell is the main way they identify people and objects. Their sense of smell is 14 times better than that of humans. If a cat is afraid of you, make sure to check your scent as your cat might be staying clear of it.
You may have the scent of another cat or dog on your pants, or you may have strong smells like perfume, deodorizers, disinfectants, bleach, garlic or onions on your clothing. If your cat retreats when they sniff your hands, it may be because they don’t like the smell of your hand soap.
Approach them like a cat
Cats communicate primarily through scent and body language. Most felines greet each other with a nose-to-nose stiff.
And while humans shake hands, cats boop to say hello.
To increase your bond with a cat, try approaching them the way they would greet other felines. Mimic the nose-to-nose behavior by gently offering your non-threatening fingertip at their nose level. Your finger acts like a nose substitute and most cats will walk up and sniff or investigate your finger,
Mimic felines’ scents
Cats, on the other hand, don’t like new smells, and any unfamiliar scent can put them off.
And this is why most cats are not big fans of change, relocation, or strangers. As new environments bring a lot of new smells and signs that they have yet to explore.
If you don’t want to bring new smells to a cat’s home, you may spray yourself with a cat pheromone.
Pheromones are a type of chemical communication that all cats use to interact with each other and the environment around them. These “messages” are released from the scent glands around their body. you may want to spray yourself to calm a new cat.
Human interaction over food
A 2017 research conducted in the Oregon State University studied what attracts cats the most.
The scientists offered cats a choice between food, toys, scent, and social interaction with humans and watched what happens. Believe it or not, they found that most cats prefer social interaction with humans over everything else — even food. Interestingly enough, some recent studies suggest that what really attracts cats to humans is the presence of interactive toys.
Don’t block the exits.
If you appear as an imposing, enormous creature in their space, they may perceive you as a threat. Instead, get down and approach them at their level. And make sure not to block the exits.
Blink slowly, but never stare
Cats stare when they are hunting. Their ability to stare without regular blinking helps them keep a close eye on their prey. If you stare at them, you are giving them the same look they give when they hunt.
Instead, give them plenty of long, slow blinks. This shows the cat that you are relaxed and friendly, and you don’t want to hunt them.
Retreat at the right time
There are many signs that a cat doesn’t like your actions or feels uncomfortable around you.
Some signs are overt—like hissing and biting—but some are more subtle–like when they flatten their ears, or twitch their tails. If you get one of these signals, it’s time to back off.
Use Treats Strategically
You can encourage your cat to be near you with a yummy, stinky treat. This doesn’t mean showering them with treats all day long. Instead, use treats strategically to either reward good social interactions with you, or to entice a shy cat to walk towards you.
You can also try talking quietly to the cat as they eat the treats so they associate your voice with rewards.
And while a dog may wolf down any kind of dog food you bring them, a cat will not. Cats are not very food-motivated so you might have to search for a treat that they like.

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44 thoughts on “10 Scientific Ways to Get a Cat to Like You

  1. My cat is really like a gemini. Her mood changes so fast that sometimes I can't catch up with it. Usually after eating or waking up she suddenly goes crazy and starts to run around. She starts the play time and ends it when ever she wants.

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  3. I’m watching this after meeting a cat.. this was the happiest day of my life cause she came to really quickly after like 10 min and I was so shocked cuz after she sniffed me she let me pet her and.. well she laid on her back exposing her belly and put her paw on my hand so I touched her belly and she didn’t run away or do anything

  4. I moved into my first new home last year w/ my girlfriend and i noticed we had a few cats on the street. The first cat I got to interact with was the white one, he’s called Rambo. he’s great but just wants food and will eat almost anything lol. So once I started giving him treats all the other cats started coming over lol. Altogether there is 4 of them! There’s Rambo & Jason (black cat) and two more black cats (one of them has three legs).

    Rambo liked to come into my house until Jason started getting more confident being around me. Because Jason is more social out of all of them I think Rambo doesn’t like to step into my house cause Jason has claimed my home to be his lol.

    My house is a mid terraced one bed and only had the one front door so the one time Rambo came in, I closed the door and he hid under my dining table crying so I opened the door and he shot off! I did the same to Jason the other day, he was defo more chilled about it but was definitely looking for an exit so he went upstairs to find an exit and tried going through my bedroom window! I picked him up and took him back to the front door expecting to get attacked! But I didn’t lol.

    All the cats wait for me at half 5-6 every night on my door step and once I lock my car and I just hear the bells on their collars ringing like Daddy’s home! Haha!

    I never liked cats until I moved into my new home but now I’ve created these unique relationships with each of them I actually love them to bits lol. I still have no idea who they belong to lol.

    Tips:
    1. Don’t ever close the one way out of your home when the cat is inside. It takes ages to build up the trust and you don’t ever want to lose it.

    2. Let cats have full control and they will never leave you alone 👍🏼

    3. Always feed them something different. The time I gave them a bit of KFC chicken that’s when I gained 100% trust lol 😂😂 and they LOVE tuna out of a can!

    Sorry it’s a long comment but I had to share my love for cats haha. P.S street cats are the best!!

  5. Story time guys ( real story of mine)
    I had a cat in my country and we used to play with it with my friends but idk what happened one day she left and stopped coming near our place and then we came for vacation in other country but just for covid19 we are in other country till now so i was searching for cat and one day a small cat came in our building we played with and we named it oreo

  6. ❤️🧡😍🥰my cat loves me alotttttttttttttttttttttttttt 😺😻😼😽😾🐾🐱😼😻🐈😺🐈😺🐈😺😻😼😽

  7. Y'all always tryna force some shit😂😂😂 lmfao sometimes a mofo just don't like you cat dog or human and it'll never change…lemme get my own place a job and a car in the 3d again and I'll like everybody cuz I want my own space period…these people don't want me to have a life…I'm sick of not having my own this shits like being in prison…but the guards and the officers worse than the inmates and be higher than niggas on the street😂

  8. Cats own the human, you need understand that . I'm owned! I don't have a cat and 4 kittens, they own me .. HELP ME … ( I'm no YouTuber, but look yourselves, iv uploaded basic videos my channel.. )

  9. I find cats really love being scratched on the back of the head and neck areas, behind the ears. On the top of the head requires a light hand and requires a lot of trust.

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