Did my cat just spit at/on me?
I have a kitten about 10-11 wks old. She's very human-friendly, as sweet as can be and very active.
This morning as I was sitting at my desk she was doing the usual routine of running around and jumping on random objects. She tried to jump up on an area she's not allowed on and I did the usual gently block her from going there.
She then, in almost one motion, jumped on my lap, and made the face of a hissing cat (mouth open, teeth exposed, ears down and back, "angry" eyes) and a spitting noise (much like a hiss, but very short, about 1/4 second, with a slight "k" sound at the start) with eye contact, then jumped down and continued running around happily.
I've never seen a cat do this before.
What was that and what was she trying to say?
Hard to say. You're relaying what you noticed which could be a partial picture.
I wouldn't give it too much credence though, from the sound of it the behavior was just a spur of the moment thing. Kittens will often play in an exaggerated manner and try to test out boundaries / roles. She could have been saying "How dare you tell me what to do!?!" but the subsequent behavior makes it sound like she was putting on a little act.
Running in circles (the next behavior she displayed) can also be a behavior of a cat who is nervous for some reason (but I don't think that is the case here)
It’s funny, I’m re-reading this 4 years later; I’ve had many cats in my life and gotten to know them and this particular grew up to be, by far, the most entitled and belligerent one I’ve ever seen. The spitting behavior actually continues; she will do it in response to any level of discipline, even though she is (mostly) obedient. I guess it’s in her blood, lol.