If you are allergic to cats or you don’t like them, you have probably noticed that you are the first peroson cats gravitate to, even in a room full of doting cat lovers. I have a tip for reducing and possibly eliminating that behavior (and no, it doesn’t require burying your friend’s cat).
People who don’t like them (or are allergic) try to avoid even looking at them, and that’s our mistake. Direct staring is the behavior of predatory animals (like cats). The sidelong glance favored by those of us who dislike or are allergic to cats is the behavior of prey. So when the cat is friendliest to the person paying them the least attention, it’s either because they view you as prey and are toying with you, or because they view you as safe, since you are avoiding the predatory direct stare.
The part about viewing you as prey is a joke, but the rest is true business. I read it in a science magazine a while ago. I am majorly allergic to cats and cannot have them climbing on me, and I had been frustrated at the way they singled me out. Once I read that, I changed my behavior and started staring cats down, and it really worked. Cats quit choosing me first out of all the cat-lovers in the room.