Man's Relationship With Cat He 'Didn't Want' Melts Hearts

A cat and human relationship success story has gone viral on TikTok with over 1.7 million views.

In the video, posted by New Zealand based Ella McConnell (@ellaisskux), Ella's dad can be seen joking around with a golden tabby cat, getting up close and personal, holding it like a baby, cuddling up with it as a kitten, and tucking it in under a blanket. The video's caption reads: "When your dad didn't want a cat but now they are inseparable."

According to a survey undertaken by insurance company Lemonade, 70 percent of U.S. households (90.4 million homes) owned a pet as of 2022, and 45.3 million households own a cat.

Known for their aloof and unpredictable nature, cats are like marmite, people either love them or they hate them.

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Cute cat. Stock image. An adorable relationship between a man and a cat has gone viral on TikTok. VictorHuang/Getty Images

Certified cat behavior consultant and author Pam Johnson-Bennett writes on her website that if you want to get a cat to like you, "allow them to make the first move." She suggests that if you were overzealous when greeting a cat, it's unlikely to go well. Don't stare is another rule as "in the animal world, a direct stare can be interpreted as a threat. Avoid staring, and instead, if you do look at the cat, make your glances soft and brief."

She also suggests initiating play with a cat may ingratiate you to it.

"A good number of the behavior problems seen in indoor cats are due to boredom and lack of activity," she says. "If you've spent most of your time around dogs, you know the need for regular playtime, walking and exercise, but cats need regular activity as well."

Interactive playtime is a good way to strengthen the bond and help the cat associate positive experiences with you being around.

If a cat hisses, bites or scratches then it's an indication that it feels threatened. If this happens, Johnson-Bennett suggests taking a step back "if you want to build trust and develop a relationship, pay attention to the cat's body language and know when to back off before it gets to the point where the cat feels the only option left is to show aggression."

The cute video got people sharing their thoughts about the relationship, with rayjay1910 comment: "Dads are the biggest softies."

User keira said: "all these cat videos making me wish I had a cat."

User Tisharn Fraser wrote: "My dad is literally the same hahahaha my mom sends me videos of him taking cute pics of his cats hahahaha."

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