Cat owners may recognise this scenario.
The visitor who doesn’t like cats ends up with a cat on their lap ‘kneading away ‘enthusiastically or frantically rubbing themselves up against their legs. The visitor who loves cats, however, receives a haughty response, often being completely ignored. Why is this? Cat lovers tend to widen their eyes, are vocal and may extend a hand or pursue the cat in an attempt to stroke them. Non-cat lovers however often narrow their eyes, turn away and will avoid any contact or interaction with the cat. A cat will find the most attractive person in the room the one that they perceive as the least threatening and, in this instance, it will be the person that least wants to have any contact.