Why do cats hiss?
Have you noticed how a cat’s hiss sounds very similar to that of a snake? That is intentional; it is hard-wired in almost all creatures to recognise the hiss of a snake as a warning sign. A cat hissing is a form of protective mimicry, a defensive tactic.
Therefore it is in the cat’s best interest to give the impression that it too could be venomous.
A hiss is a warning back off, and most of the time, hissing is accompanied by other body languages. The ears are back, hackles raised, the cat is either be crouched down, as if backed into a corner or standing tall, back arched. He is feeling angry, afraid, hurt but is in fight mode if you cross that boundary any further.
Spitting is another word to describe hissing.
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