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New kitten hissing

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by HazzaGrazza, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. HazzaGrazza

    HazzaGrazza PetForums Junior

    Jun 22, 2012
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    We got a 10 week old kitten on Saturday. We set up a safe room and gradually she's coming out more and more.

    She's even letting us pet her etc so seems like a good start.

    Everytime we enter the room though, she's kinda hissing at us. She isn't agressive with it and after a couple of seconds, she's rolling around showing her belly and head butting our hands.

    What is she trying to tell us?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Tigermoon

    Tigermoon PetForums VIP

    Apr 2, 2013
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    She is telling you that she has not yet settled in, and you are surprising her every time you come into the room, hence the hiss. It is only after she has had time to focus and realise who it is, that she can start to relax again.
    OrientalSlave and chillminx like this.
  3. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    @HazzaGrazza - I agree with TM.

    Announce your arrival to the kitten prior to entering the room, i.e. before you open the door. Use a light upbeat tone.

    "Chirrup" to her as you enter the room. That is how a cat greets members of their family. Cat mums greet their kittens with a chirrup and kittens reply with the same sound, and cats often greet their own humans with the same sound.

    Spend time in her room reading our loud to her so she gets used to your voice. Reading poetry or children's stories out loud gives a nice tone to the voice, but anything is OK e.g. the newspaper. :)
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