Do cats like to be ignored? Cats may fool one; they may let you believe that they enjoy being alone, which is better you ignore them. Is it true, though?

Cats do not really enjoy being alone; they want the company at a distance. They have to decide most of the time to come to you, and they do not like to be held or petted too much, but you can actually see that they like to be near you to some degree. Their near may not be right next to you, but even in the same room for them is good enough.

I tell you why I came to this conclusion.

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Cats are known for being solitary souls, and for keeping their distance, they have to dictate whether you are allowed to pet them or pick them. They are sort of “royalties,” and you have to “serve” them

But yet again, if you miss from home, they are behind the door waiting for you, you can ear them meowing as soon as you approach the entrance door. Some of them come near you and pock you with their paws until you pet them. Some cats are coming at you, purring and kissing you.

More similar examples of cats demonstrate affection and want to share company with you or other cats. Based on this, we can say for sure that cats do not like to be ignored; they want attention “on-demand.”

There are so many shreds of evidence of cats liking companies of others that it is hard to believe people can say that cats are selfish and think only for themselves. They can indeed play “hard to get,” but humans do that too.

Do cats like to be ignored? Not at all. If you watch them even with other cats, you can see that they sleep with each other, groom each other, and sometimes they not only sleep with each other, but they sleep “on” each other.


I can tell you a real story; my brother has a cat, Alvin. He grew up alone because my brother was never at home. He worked long hours. When I visited my bother, his cat was not socializing at all and a bit aggressive. After 2 weeks, he managed to come close to me, and he calmed down sensibly.

I concluded that finally, he had someone at home all day, and once he was sure I wasn’t a danger to him, he started relaxing and enjoying some company.

He changed his habits and stopped growling and biting. He would enjoy some petting and sleep next to me ( at a distance, of course), but he really calmed down a lot.

I take from this experience that forcing a cat to be alone and ignoring him can make a cat aggressive and anxious. It is not a good experience for them. Is, do cats like to be ignored, even a valid question?

Like other living being they do seek love and affection.


Here some other questions that need an answer:

  • Do cats understand scolding?

Cats understand the tone of humans’ voices and understand when you are angry and don’t like what they did. Somehow they can recognize volume, tone, and intentions. Therefore scolding can be used from time to time. However, it is better to train a cat in another way.

  • Do cats develop a grudge against you if you ignore them and aren’t their owner?

Typically cats get used to people. Even if another person comes to the house and starts living there, cats, in the end, get used to it and “know” who this person is.

Unless this new person is considered dangerous from the cat, there is no grudge. But, a cat can become suspicious and “holding grudges” with people they consider dangerous.

  • What happens if you have a cat as a pet, but you don’t play with it?

If cats do not socialize with people or other cats or are left alone too much, they can become feral and aggressive. It is important to socialize with a cat to feel a human presence and become familiar with it.

  • Do cats know when you ignore them?

Cats know when you ignore them because they come to look for affection and scratches under the chin or play. If you do not attend to these “duties,” cats will feel uncomfortable because their love is rejected. They would feel there is something wrong. They are still living beings.

  • Can cats tell when people don’t like cats and aren’t “cat people”?

People who do not like cats will end up doing something wrong with them and making them afraid. Cats would know who these people are by the fact that they will behave in a way they think is frightening.

  • Can cats sense when your not well?

Cats have a very acute sense of smell and can understand when there is a change in someone’s body by it. When the body releases chemicals, cats can smell the odors, even though I would also put a more emotional note to it by saying they can “feel” people’s emotions.

  • Can cats sense distress?

Yes, they can sense emotions and vibes. They can feel there is something wrong because you are changing the way you interact with them; maybe in a period of stress, you leave him alone much more or tend to not give him so much attention like before.

It can create consequences for your cat, too, making him a bit more anxious and insecure; therefore, he can start acting strange. After all, do cats like to be ignored for too long? Definitively NO.

  • Do cats know when they are in trouble?

Cats may figure out when they are in trouble from the changes in your behavior, if you raise the voice or if you move too suddenly in their direction or move your hands in their face. They instinctively would feel in danger and understand you changed your mood.

Cats associate or can understand rewards to an action they have just done; for example, if you give them a treat after a specific action and you do this repeatedly, they would come to understand and associate that action with something good. After all, they get a treat every-time they do that!

It is always better to train a cat positively, meaning training with rewards and whey they do the action you asked for, not the other way around, meaning not scolding when they do something wrong.

  • Why do cats ignore us?

Cats have different personalities; there is a cat that likes snuggles, more solitary cats, etc. You have to observe a bit of your cat to find out your cat’s personality.

Cat’s do not really ignore you. They need their space; even the most affectionate cat has to disappear from time to time. So don’t be offended if your cat seems not to notice that you exist. He really knows that you are there and likes it. Just let him come to you when he wants, or if absolutely, you want to bond a bit faster, give him treats or food and pet them while they are eating.

They will get more used to your presence and maybe come to you a bit more often. They usually come for treats.

My first cat Coco has never been a “snuggler.” He comes when he wants and doesn’t like it when I hold him for more than 60 seconds. I came to respect him. I know that at least he comes to me 2 or 3 times throughout the day, and I know to let him do it. Any other thing is going to stress him.

I really wanted a cat that would be more affectionate. Therefore I took another one with that characteristic. She ( it is a she) is more affectionate. Not only she gives me tons of love, but she is teaching Coco a bit of love. I like to see him socializing.

Another way to answer if cats like to be ignored is to think that the answer would come up easily if we would like to be ignored.


Do cats like to be ignored, or do cats like to have attention are for sure questions cats can answer differently, based on their mood. If fact, when it comes to them, everything can be true and false at the same time. Cats can really contradict themselves.

We hope we brought some lights into the argument. If you have a question, write it in the comments below.


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