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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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My friend who comes over all the time and pets and plays with my cat came over today. Midnight, my cat, ran downstair because our other cat, Isabell, was chasing him. My friend and I went to go find him and we did. My friend picked him up and held him at arms length. Suddenly a strange thing occured, he hissed at her! Usually, Midnight never hisses at anyone other than other cats. She hissed back because she thought that they were playing. But then Midnight took both of his paws and wacked my friend on either side of her head by her ears! She let him go and he ran under the bed. Why did he do this?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 01:03 AM
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Animals can only communicate with us by using body language, verbal language and physical expression. Midnight had to use all three because your friend wasn't "listening" to him.

Midnight behaved the way he did because Isabell was chasing him, then your friend hauled him out of his hiding spot (body language) and picked him up. Midnight was probably still apprehensive about having been chased by Isabell, so he expressed his displeasure verbally (hissing) at your friend.
When your friend hissed back at him (cats DO NOT hiss when playing, they MEAN IT when they hiss) he took that as an aggressive sign and since his hiss didn't work to deter your friend from the unwanted attention, Midnight turned to physical expression by boxing her ears.

She needs to learn to speak "cat" better.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 01:09 AM
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Also...no matter how often your friend visits...she's still not his 'person' and he doesn't know whether he can trust her or not. Cats definitely behave differently with their owners than other people, even people they're around quite a bit.


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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-03-2006, 10:23 AM
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Ditto Heidi and doodlebug. Couldn't have said it better.

See it from a cat's point of view.
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I have to add something that just happened that made me think of this thread. My nose is running a little bit, as it usually does first thing in the morning in winter. I picked up Mellie and just after I had her in my arms I sniffed a rather large sniff. Mellie jumped!! I guess my sniff sounded a little too much like a hiss. I had to reassure her that I wasn't mad at her.
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Thanks for the replies. I'll tell my friend to not hiss back at Midnight or mess with him after he's been stressed out.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-04-2006, 01:26 AM
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I agree with Coaster, Hiedi-n-Q, and Doodlebug.
Midnight was expressing his desire to be put down and let on his own. A hiss is not used in play, except sometimes by very young kittens who don't yet know any better.
Ypu're lucky Midnight gave your friend benefit of the doubt and didn't use his chaws.

My Sam wacked me on my temples once when i brought him inside and he wanted to stay out. He didn't use his claws, either. It was a very cold winter night and i told him i was bringing him inside so he could be warm. The little genius kitty understood.
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