According to Dr. John Bradshaw, who’s studied felines for over 30 years and wrote the tome Cat Sense, cats were never bred for companionship. In fact, they tend to think of humans as big, lazy, overgrown fellow cats, which might explain some of that cool, disinterested behavior towards us.
An article from CBS Connecticut about Bradshaw’s books explains further, stating that “cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat…when a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is checking to make sure you are not hostile.”
In other words, what seems like feline affection might actually be perfunctory.
Bradshaw also tells CNET that “cats now face possibly more hostility than at any time during the last two centuries,” alleging that breeders who try to domesticate them are doing more damage than good to the natural predators.
Read more at CBS PHILLY.