Are Animals More Attracted to Some People?

Are Animals More Attracted to Some People?

Are animals more attracted to some people? I tried finding scientific studies on whether or not some people attract stray animals with little success. Plenty of studies and opinions on attracting stray people, but not much on animals. But, after reading so many experiences by people, or stories about witnessing the way some people attract animals, I make the declaration, IT IS TRUE, SOME PEOPLE NATURALLY HAVE AN AFFINITY WITH ANIMALS. It’s a scientific fact.

Here are a list of reasons:

  • Appearance. The type of clothing a person usually wears-An animal probably thinks, “That dude or dudette dresses really cool. I think I’ll hang around so I’ll be with the in-crowd.”
  • Body language and tone of voice. Probably the most important factor, animals pick up clues by movements and voice on a person’s gentleness, fear, and threat towards it. For example, if an animal senses fear, it thinks, “Let’s see how fast I can make this human run so I’ll look good to my friends.”
  • Scent. Individuals have different smells that are also affected by their emotional reaction to the animal. This has some overlap with body language and many animals have a keen sense of smell. This characteristic is also enhanced if the person is carrying fish, t-bone steak, or a dead squirrel in their purse or pocket.
  • Understanding. Some people just naturally or through experience, know how to behave with certain types of animals. They can tell if an animal wants to be touched or not, or if the animal is frightened. As an example, if confronting an escaped tiger at a shopping mall, the understanding  human would decide to run and pray simultaneously. The right choice.
  • And finally, there’s individuals who attract animals, children, and neurotic people. I have no clue as to what’s going on there.

I hope this post has been educational to some. I’d be interested if anyone can shed some light on the last point.

are animals more attracted to some people?

An update of this post was published on 2/6/19. It is entitled, “Are Animals More Attracted to Some People? Revisited.


I am a fiction writer, but research topics and provide posts like the one above for enlightenment and entertainment. If you liked it, please take a look at some of my other posts and my home page, R. A. Andrade. This post was prompted by the following passage in my novel, The Field Trip:

“This yours?” he asked Ernie

“Naw, just a stray that hangs around. Probably ’cause Penny is always putting food out for it. She has a soft spot for cats. You like cats, Professor?”

“Yes, but I also have this weakness for any stray. As a kid, I was always picking up wandering cats, dogs, injured rabbits. My mother finally put an end to it. But I still do it. Don’t know why, just compelled to help out homeless, injured or lost animals.”

One Reply to “Are Animals More Attracted to Some People?”

  1. My comment to the latter is, some people are easily approachable by others rather than stand-offish when seeing others in need of approaching. It’s just in their inner being.

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