Facial expressions on cats - Chloe has them. Does yours?
Gloucester City, New Jersey
August 31, 2008 7:49am CST
I made pancakes and bacon for Mom and me this morning. We ate all we could, but I had three pancakes and two pieces of bacon left. I'm going to freeze the pancakes, but the bacon wasn't even enough for a bacon sandwich later, so I decided to treat the cats. Shady L*O*V*E*S bacon (almost any human food, but bacon a lot). So, I gave her one piece and I tossed the other piece to Chloe who was on her way up to see if I was giving them breakfast. I stood at the door and watched her...she leaned forward to take a sniff, drew her head back into her shoulders, pulled her ears back slightly and then looked up at me with what I swear was a, "WTF is THIS sh*t?" look on her face. I started laughing and told her, "Don't you look at me like that - eat it or leave it!" She left it! LOL (Of course, Shady didn't miss a beat - she immediately took advantage of Chloe's dismissal of a tasty treat. ) But, Chloe is the only cat I've had that has literal facial expressions. She'll raise her eyebrows, she'll furrow them when she's upset or concerned, she even frowns if something worries her. Her "are the bugs still here" expression is priceless! It's a hoot to watch her. So, do your cats have facial expressions that you can actually see taking place? Give us examples!
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• United States
31 Aug 08
All mine have them, some just more than others. Oliver has a kind of small face in his big furry head, but he gets this worried look. He also has this blissful look when he's laying there, on his back, in your arms. He closes his eyes and you can almost see the smile. He also has the kneading paws in the air going on. He's the small black and white kitten in my avatar. Scamp has lots of them. His worried, his depressed/sad, his evil "I'm going to sneak up and poke you," and his happy. His happy also includes lots of drooling! He'll shake his head and drool will go every where. He will throw himself on his back for a tummy scrub and writhe happily around the bed. Rygel, the larger cat in my avatar, gets his ears really tense forward, wrinkles up his forehead when he really wants something. He is always a pretty happy boy, but when he's really excited to see you he sends these signals. The best thing to do is just keep him in front of you and be ready to catch him when he jumps! Gabby mostly looks pissed or afraid, she gets her ears kind of sideways, her whole body language says she's afraid and of course its like an invitation to some of the bully cats to attack her.
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
31 Aug 08
I can relate to Gabby - I was bullied all through growing up and even sometimes as an adult because I apparently have body language and unspoken behaviors that attract it. I guess it's true in the animal world as well. Shady drools if she gets to purring like crazy - or if she's in a grooming mood - and then she'll sneeze and good lord - cat spit everywhere!! But, I can see all of yours as you describe them!
• United States
31 Aug 08
Hahahaha! That is too funny! My cat, MissChief, made a similar face once. She's a very curious sort - (aren't most kitties)? I decided to have some coffee one day, and she hopped on the counter and stalked over to where I was, fixing my instant coffee. She sniffed from afar at first. I stopped what I was doing long enough to talk to her and encourage her to sniff it closer. "C'mon, you can come over and smell it if you want too," and so she did. She made the same face your cat did, only her mouth was open and she was doing something with her tongue like someone had given her peanut butter on the roof of her mouth, and then she hissed!! She had never done that before, and still has never made that face again to this day! Of course, I felt bad, but was kind of giggling at the face she made at the same time because I had never seen such a site! I picked her up and cuddled her, saying, "Awwwww, you poor wittle tang. Mean ol' mommy wet yew schniff that schtuff?" She just meowed like, "Why? Why'd you let me do that, mommy? That smelled horrible!" Then she burried the top of her head into my chest. I felt so bad that she had such an unpleasant experience, but that face she made... Whoa! It was so crazy, I couldn't help but chuckle.