Hissing From a Neutered Kitten

by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Get to the bottom of your fixed kitten's hissing ways.

    Get to the bottom of your fixed kitten's hissing ways.

    A hissing kitten is indeed a frustrating concept. On one hand, the little one seems so vulnerable, innocent and cuddly. However, in reality, he probably just wants you to leave him alone -- stat. Hissing is common in fixed and unfixed cats alike, although neutering may reduce it slightly.

    Behavior Improvement

    The ASPCA indicates that, post-neutering, male cat temperaments generally see significant improvement. With pediatric neutering of a young kitten, this may be especially valid -- the cat may never even have had the change to develop hormonally driven processes. Neutering a cat usually eliminates -- or at least minimizes -- aggressive tomcat behavior, hissing being just one example. A neutered kitten likely is more gentle, mellow and docile than his unfixed counterparts, although it varies by individual.

    Reproductive Maturity

    If a hissing kitten was just recently neutered and is of reproductive maturity -- over 6 months old or so -- his hissing could indeed be related to hormones. Post-neutering, it usually can take a couple of months for hormonal urges to completely go away. It simply doesn't happen overnight, as convenient as that might sound. If your wee kitten is hissing at another tomcat, it could be due to territorial conflict -- classic male feline style.

    Attack

    If your fluffball is feeling angry or threatened about something, his hissing could be a sign he is indeed ready and prepared to physically attack -- whether a person or another animal. Look out for other signs that the kitten is in aggression mode -- think narrow pupils, growling and an arched back. Allow this kitty to cool off -- stay away from him for a while.

    Fear

    If a neutered kitten is hissing, it could also just mean the poor thing is scared senseless. Perhaps you brought a new, larger cat into your home, and Junior doesn't like it one bit. Pay attention to other telling indications that the kitten might be terrified, including pinned-back ears, exposed teeth and a stiff body. Whenever you notice physical signs that a kitten is either frightened or angry, be safe and stay away for him for a while. Like people, kittens sometimes need space, too.

    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

    Photo Credits

    • Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images