animals usually like me. that makes me feel good. when i'm at someone's house and their cat sits in my lap, and the host says "she never does that!", i feel special. and if the cat doesn't sit in my lap, and sits in someone else's, i feel a little disappointed and envious.
p.s. - i never try to get the cat to sit in my lap. that never works. when others try it, i think "rookie mistake".