Cat-lovers quickly get used to reading feline body-language.
Some of it is very obvious – the raised back and puffy tail says “angry”; the erect tail and body rubbing against human ankles says “happy”; the hiss and fangs say “stay back!” – and there are many other subtleties in the way the body reacts. Actual vocalizing is a very small part of cat-communication – many visitors are surprised by how quiet the Sanctuary is.
But the actual feline face, for the most part, can best be described as “resting bitch-face” – not because that’s a mood that cats are in, but just that their mouths tend to turn downwards. For the majority of cats, life (from their faces) appears to be a serious business
If it’s not serious, sometimes it’s downright hard! Look at these sad faces (none of whom are really sad cats)
But just occasionally there’s sunshine in the smile. Sometimes that’s because of the cat’s fur markings – a shading below the chin can have the effect of changing the mouth shape.
Sometimes it’s just the hint of a smirk – cats, of course, know that they are superior and we’re only there to serve them.
And some cats just have their moments when they’re obviously blissed out, and not just the body but the face shows it.