I know cat communication with humans can be confusing at times. They say one thing and then do the opposite.
For example, you meow, I want to sit on the table and they say no. At face value, it could mean get off the table. But usually they will let you stay. Plus, give you a pat. So it means your humans are actually saying yes, you can sit there, because you look cute.
Another example is about one of your favourite topics – food. you meow, I want more food, and they say no. At face value, it could mean no more food. But mostly they will give you more food.
My feline friends, never take no from your humans.