Watching a cat interact with its kittens is fun. She tenderly licks the fur of babies, feeds them and plays. But sometimes there is a dissatisfied hiss from the cat’s basket. What causes it, and what to do if the mother cat hisses?
What does the hiss mean
Recognizing the language of animals is not so difficult. A hiss on it indicates a warning. Representatives of the cat family try to avoid conflict and set boundaries with body language and sounds. The hissing cat says that you don’t need to mess with a dangerous animal.
Hissing can also mean that the cat is scared of someone. This reaction happens to all living things, including kittens, especially if the kids irritate their mother with their actions. The hissing cat is scared, but will fight back if necessary.
Why is hiss selected? Zoopsychologists have an opinion that cats imitate snakes as animals that frighten many. Thus, the cat gets the opportunity to threaten with the expectation that a person or animal will avoid.
What does a cat want when it makes a hiss
The first thought of the owner, who heard the cat’s hiss – it is set up aggressively to the cub. But the reason may lie much deeper.
What makes a cat hiss:
- Wants silence
The world in the view of the mother cat is full of dangers. It is important to be silent in time, so that the dog running by does not notice the kittens, which can give themselves away by meowing. The cat tends to calm the kittens so that they do not attract attention.
- Wants to train kittens
The kittens will grow up and live separately in a new house. Cat-mother prepares them for future difficulties, including teaching them to stand up for themselves. Babies will be able to bite, growl and hiss like their mother. That’s why you can hear this sound from kittens. It means they’ve learned their lesson.
- She’s worried about someone else’s smell
To take a small kitten in your arms for a few minutes means to “give” your smell. A cat can get excited because of someone else’s smell, start hissing at their child, and even stop all contact with the baby.
- Does not want to survive a weak kitten
Often the weakest kitten from the litter becomes the object of hissing. A rational mother cat thinks she’s wasting her milk on it. This is a manifestation of natural selection.
- She is in pain while feeding
Kittens can hurt to bite down on the nipple during feeding. This is especially true for grown-up babies who do not particularly need mother’s milk. The mother cat is angry and hisses. The animal is uncomfortable if there is no milk, but the kittens still suck.
- Needs peace
If the cat is not feeling well, it can hiss at the kids, asking them to leave it alone. A new pregnancy is not excluded. In this case, the cat saves energy for the future, and the hiss means a signal to move away and not disturb.
- Believes that the kittens have grown up
Unlike humans, cats do not raise their offspring for a long time – in a few months they are ready to send them “free swimming”. A hiss in this case shows that the cat perceives grown children as competitors.
Why does a cat hiss at other people’s kittens
Adults tend to hiss at other people’s kittens. In this case, the reasons for this unpleasant phenomenon are different. If you bring your baby to a house where a cat already lives and hear its hiss, then try to understand the animal.
First, the cat understands that the baby is not hers, which means you need to show who is in charge of the house. Some cats are not limited to hissing, they can also bite or hit.
Secondly, cats can be quite indifferent to other people’s kittens, but they jealously guard their own. As soon as the kitten gets close to the bowls or the bed, the cat decides to explain its ban with a hiss.
Third, remember that cats can be offended and jealous. It is not surprising that the appearance of a new kitten in the house will cause the animal the appropriate emotions. Hissing in this case is not communication with the baby, but a way to Express your resentment to others.
If the cat does not accept the kitten, then wait and be affectionate during this period. Remember the jealousy of an adult. After a few days or weeks, the cat will either get used to the baby or, finally, will feel sympathy for him.
What to do if a cat hisses at a kitten
If the tailed mother constantly protests with a hiss, set the reason. Depending on it, proceed using proven recommendations.
Pay attention to:
- The place where the cat and kittens lie
The family should lie in a place where no one will disturb. Otherwise, the cat gets nervous and hisses at the kids. It is best to move the bed away from the front door, do not put it in passageways.
- The behavior of cats
The cat’s hiss is followed by a caress? Probably, the mother is raising a child, and there is no reason to worry. Kittens learn to protect themselves, which is useful for them in independent life.
- Possibility of foreign smell
To ensure that the cat does not refuse to make contact with the kitten, do not hold it for a long time or allow children to do it. A foreign smell remains on the fur, the cat feels it and expresses its reaction by hissing. To remove the smell, put the kitten to its fellows or RUB its fur with a thing belonging to the cat.
- Eating kittens
If there is a weak kitten in the litter and the cat ignores it, a constant hiss will indicate to you the need to feed the baby with a pipette. If the cat is pregnant again and cannot give the kittens from the previous litter due attention, then artificial feeding is necessary. Babies need help from their owners if a nursing cat has lost milk. As soon as they reach 2 months of age, switch them to a regular diet-ready – made food or natural food.
- Health of the cat itself
Make sure that the cat is healthy and there are no symptoms of the disease. Sometimes she hisses because she wants peace from the little ones. Keep an eye on your pet to see a veterinarian in time.
A cat’s hiss is a warning signal. Pay attention to it and take action. Do not let the cat harm the kitten and take care of her. Love and care will help keep the peace in the cat family.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.