By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 9 July 2011)
Some people assume that cats enjoy tormenting those who don’t like them because they always seem to approach the one cat hater in the room, but this mistaken belief arises from a misunderstanding of feline communication. People who like cats tend to stare at them, but cats perceive a direct stare as a challenge, particularly from people they don’t know well, and whose reactions they can’t anticipate as easily. Therefore, the cat makes a beeline for the one person in the room who isn’t staring at him, which is often the person who fears or dislikes cats.
Reference: Schneck, M., & Caravan, J. (1990). Cat Facts. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Inc.