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You know that nagging feeling that your cat doesn't actually like being stroked, and he's just humoring you whilst quietly plotting your demise? Yeah, that's not just in your head. New feline research from England's University of Lincoln has found that not only do cats dislike being close to one another, they also get stressed when you go near them. The "docile" variety of cat, which sits quietly while you stroke it, actually exhibited much higher stress levels than cats that hiss at you and edge away whenever you go near them.
Apparently, cats who live together are also more stressed than those who live alone, the research continued. Which isn't to say they like living with you in the first place, but it's all a bit of a rock-and-hard-place situation. There's a book entitled How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You, which might prove helpful.