I have two cats. Both like people watching. Today, they were entertained by my kitchen shenanigans. People say cats are aloof creatures, lacking in affection and social cohesion. This isn’t true.
Unlike dogs and people, cats are just really good at curbing their enthusiasm.
It still exists. Every time I walk by a specific couch, one of my cats will watch me go by. If I turn and grab the toy I’ve hidden between the cushions, she is there in a heartbeat, ready to strike. To her, it doesn’t matter if she’s playing with the toy in an unintended fashion (she prefers to attack the plastic handle rather than the long leopard print fuzzy tail portion). She’s watching me with an eye on whether I’ll do something interesting.
My other cat will sit on top of chairs and bookshelves, beds and cabinets, all to get a high view of what everyone is doing. Sometimes he watches while pretending to nap. Sometimes he’ll sneak up for a closer look (if he thinks there might be food). No, it’s not the same as human interest. But it is interest.
Cats are not social creatures like dogs or humans. They have their own way of interacting with others. Their play involves surprise attacks and little bites. Or it could involve chasing a laser pointer around for fifteen minutes. They have curiosity, and they can be friendly if you treat them right.
If you have a chance and some time, learn about cats and how they behave. If you like what you find, consider adopting a cat from a local shelter. They’ll entertain you without trying, and you’ll get to return the favor.