Why might a newly adopted kitty hiss?

This is a very big adventure for a kitten. Your house is huge from her perspective. Keep her in one room (preferably your bedroom) for now. Set up her litter box on one side of the room and her food and water on the other. Let her get used to your home a little at a time. If you give her the run of the whole house right away, too much of the territory is unfamiliar to her and she becomes afraid -- even to the point of not recognizing you right away or being startled by you. So take it slow. She'll come around.

Pam Johnson-Bennett

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