We've had our two year old cat for about 3.5 months. She is a 2.5 year old mother cat that we bought from a breeder, who seemed to treat her well (but more on that later).
The cat is extremely affectionate with my wife and kids. She is also very playful and active. She is a Savanah cat and I understand that these are typical traits of this breed.
She will let me play with her if I have a string with a ball attached to it, or some other cat toy. If I try to feed her, she will reluctantly take the food from me and run away.
However, if she ever sniffs my hand or looks at me closely she'll stop what she's doing, hiss, and swat at me. I feel like it's something about my smell because I can often pet her (briefly) if I am wearing a glove, or wrapping my hand in my wife's shirt.
I'm sad and disappointed that our new cat hates me. I have a theory, but no proof, that the partner of the previous owner did not treat the cat well. Maybe he shoved and hit the cat when it got in the way. And maybe I smell or look like him.
My question is: what can I do to get the cat to treat me like she treats the other members of my family?