|Purred: Tue Jan 18, '11 11:59am PST |
|I understand your discomfort, and let me share with you what little I have experieced.
Hissing is primarily a defense reaction. Our new cat, Natalie the NatCat explored a paperbag yesterday and while in there, facing the back, began to hiss and growl. It was comical, really, because thee was nothing to hiss at.
Or was there? She was clearly smelling Ruffy, who had been in the bag before her.
Smokie Boo still hisses sometimes when my husband is wearing black. He doesn't do it if my husband is wearing anything else. But black to Smokieboo is a 'scary' thing.
I don't know what's going on with Clark. Could he be smelling something that is setting him off? Something that is bringing up memories for him? Could he be smelling a cat from outside at that spot, is the window open, letting the scent of other cats that might be ready to take his territory? (Smokie will sometimes sit in our window and 'trill' to the feral cats below that we can't see, but he can beyond the screen in the dark.)
Hissing can me much and nothing. It can also on occasion be a cat trying to take 'dominance'. In which case, you respond correctly. I had a cat named Ramses years ago that would do that. Just to let me know, really that he was 'bad'. (he wasn't, not in the least. He never attacked, he just hissed and let me know he wanted me to think he was 'bad'.)
I would advise you to get him a check up, though, too. Sometimes 'cranky behavior' can mean the onset of a health issue like thyroid problems, diabetes or even glaucoma (a cat who can't see well and who's in pain will sometimes hiss) Not saying thats what it is, just saying it's good to check out!
All the best to you! Clark sounds well cared for!
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