petting aggression

A black and white cat hissing at the camera.

Why Do Some Cats Hiss When They Play?

Caitlin Dempsey

There are two main reasons why a cat might hiss during play.

A gray tabby playfully biting a hand in response to play.

Why Do Some Cats Bite When You Pet Them?

Caitlin Dempsey

Petting aggressiveness is a reflexive response in cats who dislike being pet.