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How Do Cats Choose Their Favorite Person?

How Do Cats Choose Their Favorite Person?

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I’m sure you’ve noticed cats prefer the company of some people over others. They certainly pick favorites!

There’s always one person that cats like to be around the most – but the question is, how do they choose their favorite person?

Food 

Food is the way to anyone’s heart, and cats are no exception! Cats favor the person that feeds them the most.

Now this doesn’t mean you should start feeding your cat more food to compete with someone else in your family – that’s not healthy for the cat.

It just means that cats are more likely to appreciate the person that feeds them consistently.

Attention 

It’s a huge myth that cats only want to be alone and use us for food and shelter.

In fact, a study posted in the journal of Behavioral Processes suggested that cats care about human company more than food! That being said, it’s important to give them attention.

Did you know cats only meow to talk to humans? That’s right, meowing is a special way to communicate with you. So if your cat meows, it has something to say!

RELATED: What Do Different Meows Mean?

Play Time 

A healthy cat needs to be active. Playtime with their owner is a bonding experience. Use toys to stimulate your cat’s senses and play games with them.

Simply giving them toys doesn’t count as play time. They want you to play too! Using a laser pointer, rolling a ball, or throwing play mice around are great play time ideas.

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Petting

Some cats love being pet and others aren’t a huge fan. What’s your cat’s love language? Do they like to sit on your lap and be pet or do they simply like being close to you? Whatever it is, make sure your cat’s needs are met.

Trust

It takes patience to earn a cat’s trust. Their very cautious and wary of changes in their environement. And they don’t like feeling pressured.

For example, it’s normal for an adult cat that’s been adopted from the shelter to take some time warming up to you. In time, they’ll come around.

RELATED: Why Do Cats Hiss?

Personality

Ultimately, a cat’s social tendencies depends on its personality. Some cats are skittish and don’t like being social. These cats will favor the person that doesn’t try to corner them.

On the other hand, some cats love being the center of attention. These cats will favor someone who seeks them out.

Ultimately, cats pick their favorite person on their own terms. Not all cats want attention in the same way.

If you you’re trying to win over a cat, observe your cat’s routines and learn to give it attention and love the way it wants to receive it.

SUMMARY: How Do Cats Choose Their Favorite Person?

  1. Cats favor the person who feeds them consistently
  2. Cats favor the person who gives them the most attention.
  3. Cats favor the person who plays with them the most.
  4. Cats favor the person who pets them the most .
  5. Cats favor the person they trust the most.
  6. Cats choose favorites based on their personalties.

QUESTION: Are you your cat’s favorite person? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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Yadira tirado

Monday 28th of October 2019

My big boy loves to rub his face with mine and give kisses it’s amazing when he gets this way loves to sleep with me. When I get home he comes running too just like the dogs cracks me up

Florence Eaise

Thursday 12th of September 2019

Great article. Thanks for all the information, it certainly explains alot.

Barbara Thieman

Friday 27th of July 2018

Why does a cat bite after loving, cuddling, and rubbing on you? She has done this since she was a kitten!

Shadi

Friday 27th of July 2018

Barbara, check out this article to find out why: https://nationalkitty.com/why-does-my-cat-bite-me/

Kay

Monday 23rd of July 2018

My Prada adopted me. She was unsocial and PetSmart was going to turn her loose, but she came right over to me and started purring and bumping her head into me. It was love at first sight (for both of us).

Barbara

Sunday 22nd of July 2018

My Willy lets me know when he wants to be loved on and I am more than happy to love on him.