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Do you hiss or growl?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I know this sounds wacky...but just curious if anyone else does this here. Sometimes I'll be playing with Luna and she won't like something I did...so she'll hiss at me, which I won't tolerate. So I'll hiss back. Or she'll be biting at something she's not suppose to (like the fake needles on the Christmas tree).

Or if she's going after Beauty for a fight (i.e. on the bed while I'm trying to read) I'll growl at her. She'll immediately back down (and rub up against me as if to say I'm sorry).

I hope I'm not scarring her though...
post #2 of 29
I've done that with Lucky when she's really bad (i.e. escaping from the house...running around on the roof! GRRR). I figure i have to communicate in her language!
post #3 of 29
I hissed at my Cupid once and he looked at me like I was nuts and went back to doing whatever he was doing!
post #4 of 29
I've hissed at Rosie once and she ignored me
post #5 of 29
I hiss sometimes if Seth is being a brat...most of the time it doesn't do much... she hates the hiss of an air can though!
post #6 of 29
LOL LOL LOL I hiss @ Murphy when he gets out of hand! I works too! He looks at me like whoa!I dont hiss like a normal cat, I hiss at him like a cheetah or jaguar, it really gets his attention.
post #7 of 29
I tried to hiss at Miya because she was being naughty. I think she laughed at me.
post #8 of 29
Hehee. I do both but only if a kitty is being REALLY bad or about to hurt himself. I am an excellent mimic so it's a little too convincing to use for just anything. It really freaks cats out, but they stop what they were doing.
post #9 of 29
We use the pssssst sound when discouraging behavior. I've tried hissing but they don't pay attention. My growl is not offensive. But the psssst is a very sharp sound that they know what it means.
post #10 of 29
yep, hissing works for me every time! its how i trained Mav out of play biting.
post #11 of 29
Yea my cats also don't pay any attention to growling or hissing. I clap instead, that really gets their attention and they've learned that when I clap they're doing something naughty and to stop.
post #12 of 29
I've spoken "cat language" before and they will listen better (at times)

One time there was a wildlife program on tv and at the end they had a tiger roaring. Well for kicks I started imitating the tiger roar. The cats in the room had hair standing on end and back off fast with eyes wide open. They would not go near me till I started human talking to them.

It really was funny because I guess I "talked tiger" really good Just wish I knew what I said to them????
post #13 of 29
I hiss and growl - sometimes it works! But I have found myself doing it to people too!
post #14 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by jennyranson
I hiss and growl - sometimes it works! But I have found myself doing it to people too!
me too

Boomer pays little attention and carries on whatever he is doing, Bumps thinks its a great game but it usually stops Magnum and Scully from whatever they are doing that they are not supposed to.

Bumper on the other hand will stop but will start rolling around on the floor and get all playfully agressive which I try to stop him from doing but its so cute I can't help but play with him until I get bitten (he doesn't bite hard and he stops when you tell him to so I figure its not a big problem)
post #15 of 29
The hiss has worked for me when someone is about to rabbit kick my hand and shred it, or play bite. They know they have pushed it too far.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
I've spoken "cat language" before and they will listen better (at times)

One time there was a wildlife program on tv and at the end they had a tiger roaring. Well for kicks I started imitating the tiger roar. The cats in the room had hair standing on end and back off fast with eyes wide open. They would not go near me till I started human talking to them.

It really was funny because I guess I "talked tiger" really good Just wish I knew what I said to them????

I too try to talk cat but I can't get a good hiss or growl down pat. I am awesome at meowing. I acctually have conversations with my landlord's outdoor cats. If I go ahead and meow when I'm heading out to go to work and I can't see her she come sout of hiding if she hears me and comes up meowing herself. We go back and forth a bit and I pet her and then she walks off and I leave to. It's so fun.
post #17 of 29
I haven't tried hissing yet. Clapping gets Chades attention. She sits down and looks at me. At least it stops the behavior. Donny takes a little more interactive intervention.
post #18 of 29
I do both, and the hiss has to be gutteral to be effective pulled from way deep inside.
post #19 of 29
Yes I do, sometimes.
post #20 of 29
I tried hissing at Sunday once because I heard cats don't like that and she was chewing on my shoe. She completely ignored me. So much for that!!
post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sullaford
I am awesome at meowing.
I've got Patches meow down pat...to the point my boyfriend has yelled at her when it was really me!
post #22 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by lunasmom
I've got Patches meow down pat...to the point my boyfriend has yelled at her when it was really me!

Bravo!
post #23 of 29
well iv tried hissing and growling at my cats but they just sit there looing at me as if im insane and then carry on doin what it was they were doin before... they dont seem to take alot of notice of me really. except when i have food of course
post #24 of 29
I hiss at Sophie when she is biting. It stops her, at least momentarily.
post #25 of 29
Or you could just buy a piccolo...that gets my kittys' attention!

Yes, I do hiss at them. It used to be ineffective until this eccentric clarintetist taught me how to do it properly. Now, I can hiss with the best of them!
post #26 of 29
I tried with Mitts, but it just made him worse! So now a big "no" is all he gets and it works 80% of the time (he's still a kitty!)

What is a gutteral hiss and how does a clarinetist help?
post #27 of 29
I hiss at my cats when I'm seriously displeased at them. They stop what they're doing and usually take off, so it conveys the message I'm trying to send!

Linda C.
post #28 of 29
I don't hiss or growl, but when one of my kitties is doing something that is not tolerable (Like playing with the christmas tree, too!) I will make a sound that is really hard to explain. It's like a "slsssk" sound I can easily make and they know right away to look up at me and then I will say "no" etc. I also have a sound for when I've got something good to show them (Treats, new toy) and they will all gather 'round to see what I've got.
post #29 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
We use the pssssst sound when discouraging behavior. I've tried hissing but they don't pay attention. My growl is not offensive. But the psssst is a very sharp sound that they know what it means.
Same here, my hiss is no good, and I don't growl, but a good pssst gets their attention just fine!
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