Some cat parents get a shock when their cat hisses at them. It can be a very disappointing or saddening situation for cat mom or dad. However, cat owners need to understand that felines also have emotions that drive their behavior. Whether your pet is hissing at you because of what you did or it just seem to come out of the blue, try not to react immediately. You might panic and scold your kitty accordingly but it might aggravate the situation. So, here’s how to react and handle the times when your cat hisses at you.
Stop What You’re Doing
When your cat hisses at you, stop whatever you’re doing. Hissing is a warning that your cat is ready to engage in aggression. Your cat could be feeling frightened, hurt or in danger so hissing is a way of self-protection and ready-to-fight stance. So first, just stop whatever you’re doing. Whether you’re playing with your cat or you just happen to be cleaning, stomping or dancing, your actions may be terrifying your kitty; stop and help your cat calm down.
Don’t Punish Your Cat
Punishment usually consists of stern scolding, sometimes a loud voice or some kind of action. All these won’t solve a cat’s tendency to hiss nor would magically correct your cat from his bad behavior. Picture this: your cat hisses at you because of an aggravating circumstance and you engage with a loud “no” or raise a finger or tap your cat, you will just further scare and trigger feline instincts. You can be lucky if your cat just goes away instead of lunging and biting you. Remain calm and don’t punish your kitty.
Ignore and Isolate
When your cat hisses at you, stop what you’re doing, just remain calm and slowly walk away. This is sort of a punishment but mostly a discipline. You ignore your cat’s hissing, then leave and isolate her. You’re not just giving your cat some time to calm down, this will also make her learn over time that hissing isn’t a behavior that gets rewarded.
Take note of triggers
If your cat doesn’t have any medical issues or isn’t really aggressive, then take note on what makes your cat hiss at you. Find the cause why your kitty feels threatened. When you do, remove that trigger if possible. If not, for instance it’s because of a new pet or a thing that you need, then slowly introduce your cat to it. If the reason is really you, then don’t force any interaction with your cat just yet. Make him comfortable with your presence and build trust with your cat gradually.
Be patient and help your cat
For cat parents finding their kitty hissing at them, don’t get hurt or mad. When your cat hisses at you, be patient and consider the approaches above. Just remember that hissing is simply a cat’s way of self-protection. However, when your cat is already hissing too often at you, it shouldn’t be tolerated. Help your cat fix this behavior. If you’re unsuccessful with your attempts, work with your vet or a professional trainer to reduce your kitty’s fear or aggression. Read more about cat hissing here.