It can come off as a shocking and sometimes disheartening moment when your cat hisses at you. Or if not with you, another pet you have, a family member or friend that just wanted to greet your kitty but was rewarded with hissing. To correct this behavior, learn the reasons why your cat hisses to help keep it from happening.
This may be the most common reason that makes a cat hiss. When there are new people, sudden noises and other changes in the household which is your kitty’s territory, this can make your cat feel threatened. When there’s a particular person, pet or object that your cat hisses at, try to take that away or keep your feline bud at a distance. Then slowly introduce this to your kitty over time to reduce its fear-induced hisses.
In relation to fear, your cat hisses when he becomes territorial. Again, when there are changes in the house or there are animals or people stepping in their territory without prior survey, your cat hisses at these to keep them at bay. This is also a form of aggression and can be redirected at you when the source of their distress is not near or outside the house. Additionally, your adult feline can keep hissing at everyone when it’s trying to establish dominance in its territory or favorite spots in your place.
Your cat can be feeling pain and is feeling vulnerable. This can be why your cat hisses as feline instincts make him want to protect itself. Also, when someone is petting your kitty and he feels uncomfortable with it then that can also make him hiss as warning to make someone stop.
A lot of cat owners tend to own one cat due to their kitty’s antisocial behavior. Being a solo hunter in the wild, cats keep to themselves so when there are other cats or pets, this can lead to plenty of hisses and fights. It can also happen that your feline bud has developed strong antisocial behavior which can make your social attempts fail and the reason why your cat hisses at you. For cat parents with antisocial cats, training and patience can go a long way in correcting your kitty’s bad behavior.
Just know that cats are small predators and hissing is often a defensive form of aggression to protect themselves. When your cat hisses at you, it’s important not to reciprocate with threatening or sudden reactions; this will help keep your cat from going into attack mode. Be patient with your fur baby and help him or her adjust and improve in time.