Please help me with my Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde kitten
Help me, cat people of metafilter! I'm at my wit's end with my adorable but deeply confusing kitten, who i assume has entered his crazy teen phase at 8 months. I briefly trialed letting him into my room when I'm sleeping when I first adopted him, but there was too much attacking the blankets I was under etc, so now he stays in the living room/kitchen when I sleep. However, I've found that in the mornings when I come out into the living room, my kitten starts hissing at me! His ears are not back, he does not swipe or claw at me or bite, simply hissing. And after the hissing, he behaves as normal and begs for his morning wet food, rubbing around my legs. I was wondering if it was a greeting, but he usually meows to greet me when I get home from work, and the hissing seems pretty hostile. He is normally a very sweet and loving kitten, and sometimes even when I've gone into the other area of the apartment for the night but have to go back to the living room to pick up something like my phone, he'll hiss when I go quietly into the living room- hissing just 5 minutes after he'd been snuggling in my lap begging for pets! I am pretty sure my kitten loves me as he's constantly begging for attention, comes to me for pets, will lie in my lap for hours. I just don't understand why he hisses at me when I go from my bedroom to the living room. I'm always wearing the same clothes and smell the same and don't live with anyone else. My assumption is that he becomes deeply territorial of the living room at night. I'd like for him to stop hissing when I come out but can't figure out how to. The following things tried with consistency do not work:
-hissing back in the same tempo
-firmly telling him no
-gently clapping in his face (this is how I got him to stop chomping on my hand when he gets too excited from pets)
I have Feliway. He has no medical problems and is playing, eating, and eliminating normally. It is deeply upsetting to go from a very loving kitten to a hissing one with virtually no explanation, so I'm posting here in hopes that someone had the same issue and may have a solution.
Following the rules of mefi, here is my cat