Do octopus like to be petted? “The home-kept species often seem to enjoy a short petting session if they acclimate to humans,” she said. “However, I try to note that petting may be more like a cat scratching an itch than any form of affection. On the other hand, they do know individuals and interact differently with different people.”
Are octopus aggressive to humans? Octopuses are curious creatures and generally not aggressive toward people. But they will defend themselves if provoked and are capable of causing serious injury — as Bisceglia found out the hard way. “Wild animals are unpredictable and should be respected,” Trautwein said.
Can an octopus feel affection? “Don’t call these arms, pal, or I’ll squirt you with water.” Octopuses can recognize people they interact with and treat them with affection or anger.
Are octopus friendly pets? Octopuses, in general, are not a great choice for a pet. For one, they are incredibly intelligent and seem to easily get bored. One study [pdf] revealed that octopuses in small tanks outfitted with flowerpots, stones, beads and shells still showed signs of distress and even self-mutilation.