One of the keys to interacting with Cat people is to keep the focus narrow. Too much stimulus will overwhelm a Cat - which applies to choices, number of people, noise levels, etc. Think of it like the Cats Cradle game - the game with two people focused on exchanging turns in methodically pulling the string into a new formation.
Keep the movements simple, consistent, and predictable. There are a finite number of moves (i.e. choices) and expected results.
When a Cat person is focused on a result, then they can tune out some of the more troublesome distractions that can "spook" them.
The Cat's in the Cradle is the Dog's silver spoon. :)