Whether due to their independent temperaments or predatory nature, cats have been known to be aloof and independent creatures throughout history.
So much so, that it seems as though they don’t want to interact with any other animals or humans except for their owners.
But, why does your cat seem to dislike everyone except you?
Around new people and strangers, your cat can come across as cold, aloof, and even downright mean in some instances!
But, as soon as it’s just the two of you, you get to see your cat’s sweet, soft and affectionate side. Sound familiar?
Believe it or not, this is something that is commonly experienced by cat owners all over the world.
In this article, we are going to be taking a closer look at why cats can be a little standoffish to those that they don’t know, as well as provide you with some more insight into why your cat is so sweet to you.
Towards the end, we’ll also provide you with some tips and tricks to help warm your cat up to people that aren’t you.
Just read on!
Why Does My Cat Hate Everyone But Me?
If your cat doesn’t seem to respond well to other people in the house and elsewhere, the first thing to note is that it could simply be because of your cat’s personality.
Just like with other animals, there are some cats who are naturally shy and more reserved than others, while other cats might be a little more forthcoming in meeting new people.
On the other hand, some cats (most commonly, those who have been adopted) may have a poor history with previous owners that may impact their ability to form connections with new people.
If you feel that this might be the case for your cat, then we recommend visiting the vet for assistance and guidance for what treatment might be necessary to help your cat overcome any lingering fears.
Alongside all of the above, it is also important to keep in mind that cats are naturally territorial creatures.
So, when your cat is introduced to new people in the home, your cat might feel naturally cold to them because they have entered your cat’s territory without permission.
As someone who lives in the same living space as your cat, your cat more than likely sees you as being a part of their social group, which may be why it is coming across as though your cat hates everyone except for you.
Nevertheless, if you are struggling to make your cat more forthcoming to others, the good news is that there are a variety of ways that you can encourage your cat to become more sociable to strangers and guests – which brings us to our next point!
How To Make Your Cat More Sociable
Even though cats are naturally solitary creatures, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be sociable and affectionate towards others.
For starters, to make sure that your cat is happy and healthy, it’s important to give your cat regular exercise.
This includes daily walks, climbing, jumping, and chasing toys.
These activities help develop your cat’s physical health and mental wellbeing. Play with your cat regularly.
This will help him bond with you and learn how to interact with other people.
Playing games with your cat helps improve his communication skills. It also teaches him how to trust strangers.
Your cat needs lots of affection. Spend quality time with him every day. Feed him high-quality food.
Give him love and attention. It’s important to make sure that you are being patient and not rushing things.
Still, here are some ways that you can help to make your cat more sociable and open to people that aren’t you.
Introduce New People To Your Cat Slowly
One of the best ways that you can help to make your cat feel more comfortable around people is by slowly introducing them to your cat.
As we have already touched upon above, cats are naturally solitary animals, which means that it can be hard for them to warm to others – especially strangers!
So, if you want your cat to be more welcoming to other people, one of the best ways that you can do this is by introducing new people to your cat very slowly and in an environment that is familiar to them.
You should also be sure to limit the amount of time spent doing this with your cat – we recommend around 15 minutes per session.
Consider Trying Positive Reinforcement
If your kitty is particularly aloof, then why don’t you consider rewarding your cat with a delicious treat or toy while they are being introduced to new people?
By doing this, your cat will not only feel more content and comfortable but will also begin to associate the good feeling of receiving something nice with being around a new guest.
For this to be the most effective, we recommend that you try and do this regularly.
Engage In An Activity
Alongside slowly introducing new people to your cat, we also recommend that you consider encouraging yourself and your friends or family to engage in a fun activity while your cat is present in the room with you.
This will provide your cat with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with new people on their own terms, while still being allowed to maintain their personal space.
We recommend relaxed and laid-back games or movie nights for the best results.
When done regularly, your cat will begin to feel more and more comfortable.
It can take time for your cat to get used to new people.
However, once he has, you’ll find that he’ll become much happier and more social than before.
Remember, though, that you need to be patient with your cat when it comes to getting to know new people – just like you would expect from anyone else!
Thank you for reading.