Why do kittens hiss a lot in the presence of humans before their eyes open, even if they've never lived in the wild?

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carlos Striker Profile
carlos Striker answered

They are trying to frighten you.

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N. Harmonik
N. Harmonik commented
But shouldn't they be used to a human's presence if they've never lived in the wild?
N. Harmonik
N. Harmonik commented
But shouldn't they be used to a human's presence if they've never lived in the wild?
Willie B. good
Willie B. good commented
No, they don't know the difference between human contact and being out in the wild.
Don Barzini Profile
Don Barzini answered

Because they can’t sing and dance.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

Just interesting detail

https://www.canidae.com/blog/2015/10/why-are-kittens-and-puppies-deaf-and-blind-at-birth/

And more specifically:

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/why-do-cats-hiss/

Taila Nevado Profile
Taila Nevado answered

Hello!

Well, even if they have never lived in the wild, this is
something that they do by instinct. In fact, it is their only way to communicate
since they cannot talk. Most of the time, they hiss because they are afraid and
they are trying to defend or protect themselves by frightening you.

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