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Is it always bad when cats hiss at each other?

Is it always bad when cats hiss at each other?

The key to introducing cats to each other is to TAKE IT SLOWLY. Don’t be alarmed; it’s normal for cats to hiss at something new or something they don’t understand. Hissing is a distance-increasing behavior. Simply put, it’s a warning saying, “Please back off, and do not come any closer.”

How do you tell if a cat is being aggressive to another cat?

Signs of aggression may be visual (e.g. changes in body posture, erect fur), auditory (e.g. growling, hissing), olfactory (e.g. urine spraying) and may involve use of teeth and claws.

How do I socialize my aggressive cat with other cats?

Separate cats that act aggressively toward each other and reintroduce slowly with positive reinforcement, as described in the Territorial Aggression section. Food treats are excellent positive enforcers of non-aggressive behavior.

Should I punish my cat for hissing at my other cat?

Don’t punish the cats for hissing or growling as that can form a negative association about the other cat, as well as you. Allow the cats to see each other once there has been no hissing for a couple of days.

Why does my cat keep growling at my other cat?

“Cats can also growl in the presence of other cats or dogs in order to establish dominance or signify they are not interested in interacting with the other animal,” Dr. Gibbons explains. Is cat growling a reaction to pain? Careful – a growl might mean your cat is in pain. Photography ©points | Thinkstock.

Why do Cats hiss at new kittens or cats?

One of the reasons your cat may hiss at your new kitten is to cement its place as the elder and more dominant cat. This can actually help to teach your kitten to respect the older cat’s boundaries, and once your older cat feels secure in knowing the kitten understands its place, the hissing is likely to stop.

How do Cats hiss?

Cats create a hiss by forcing air from their mouths through an arched tongue. Cats also force back their lips and flatten their ears when hissing. You may even see them arch their backs and puff up their tail in order to make themselves appear larger to the impending threat.