Just Not That Into You: Finicky Felines Are Less Interested in Us Than We Are in Them

Do you think your cat really loves you? While we’d like to think our feline friends need us as dearly as we do them, research increasingly shows the opposite to be true.

When it comes to compassion, your cat is harboring a cold secret.

National Geographic estimates there are about 80 million cats in the United States, and in an interview with John Bradshaw, cat behavior expert at the University of Bristol, revealed the fact that they’re just not that into us.

“We’ve yet to discover anything about cat behavior that suggests they have a separate box they put us in when they’re socializing with us,” Bradshaw said. “They obviously know we’re bigger than them, but they don’t seem to have adapted their social behavior much. Putting their tails up in the air, rubbing around our legs, and sitting beside us and grooming us are exactly what cats do to each other.”