According to animal behaviourist Desmond Morris, a cat's hiss is protective mimicry of the one thing of which all species instinctively fear snakes. The cats hisses and lashes its tail to appear like a venomous snake.
When confronted with a hissing snake, predators often pause long enough to let the snake escape. If a cornered cat can elicits the same response, it increases its chances of survival.
Cats also spit, another way in which threatened snakes react. In addition, Morris believes the flattened ears and gaping jaw of a hissing cat make it s head look serpentine. Tail thrashing imitates a snake working itself up to strike or flee.
The original prototype of domestic cats had striped, tabby colouration. A sleeping tabby, curled up tightly, bears a strong resemblance to a coiled snake. A flying predator such as an eagle might think the cat was a snake and thus not attack.
They want to be left alone
Cat's hiss when they're either really angry at a human or another animal. They could also hiss if they feel threatened by a human or another animal. Hissing is their way of showing their anger or their fright. Also, when cats are angry, their fur stands up. This happens normally in the tail but if they are really scared/angry they will arch their backs and all of their fur will stand up. Further, this action is a "defensive" mechanism, intended to both warn another animal or human, and hopefully discourage them from further threatening, or harming the cat.
Cat hiss because, their like a rattle snake. They tell things to go away...
About the hissing stray cat: Better to chase it away if it frightens you. After all, you're bigger than it is. Cats will bluff much more than, say, an aggressive dog. Just heed its warning, back up and stay away. Perhaps, if your wife would like to continue to feed it, she could place the food a distance from your porch? It doesn't deserve to die when it's just being a cat, albeit a ferrel one.
Live in inner city area a White cat came to my house and mowed and we took it in sometimes when you stroke it it becomes a little violent and scratches us with it's claws why is it doing this, could this be the reason why who ever owned it got rid of it I also have an autistic kid so is it dangerous to give this cat a home incase it attacts my child
Its just normal, just like how dogs bark and humans talk.
Surely its a combination of all everyone says. Dogs bark or snap, cats hiss....
Cats usually hiss because when they are either really angry at a human or a animal.
They hiss when they are frightened. And like, rattle snakes, they think it scares off predators.
Its because they get really angry... Or they are just giving you a sign to stay away
Don't no why but we have a stray cat my wife started feeding, now its on the porch and when you get close it hisses real bad, we try to look away and not pay it much attention, but I'm afraid it is going to attack her. This cat is large male no tail goldish brown and very large 25 to 30 pounds thick fur, when I get home from working out of town, I may have to put it down... We live in the woods and think it's been living out here for a while now.. Animal shelter and pound will not come out..
Means "Don't get too close to me"
Do cats get sore throats ?