Say Cheese! Experts Say Your Cat Can Smile at You

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic

If you're a cat owner, you've probably noticed your feline friend doing all sorts of cute and quirky things. From chasing their tail to “ making biscuits”, cats are full of surprises. But did you know that your cat can also smile at you?

While cats may not have the same facial muscles as humans, they are capable of expressing a wide range of emotions through their  body language, including happiness and contentment. When a cat is happy, they may exhibit a variety of behaviors, such as purring, kneading, and even a subtle smile.

So how can you tell if your cat is smiling at you? According to Marci Koski, a feline behavior and training consultant, the telltale sign is their eyes. When a cat is happy, their eyes may appear slightly squinty, almost as if they're half-closed. This is sometimes referred to as a "slow blink" or a "cat kiss," and it's a sign that your cat is relaxed and content in your presence.

And while your kitty won’t flash her sparkly whites when smiling, another way to tell if your cat is smiling is by observing their mouth. When a cat is content, their mouth may be slightly open and their lips may be relaxed, giving the appearance of a subtle smile. Some cats may even curl their lips back slightly, almost as if they're grinning.

It's important to note that not all cats will exhibit these behaviors, and some may have their own unique ways of expressing happiness. However, for many cat owners, recognizing the signs of a happy cat is a rewarding experience and can help strengthen the bond between owner and pet, so keep an eye out for these little hints your kitty might be giving out.

In addition to recognizing when your cat is happy, it's also important to ensure that they are receiving the proper care and attention they need to thrive. This includes providing them with a balanced diet, plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and regular visits to the vet to ensure their health and wellbeing. If her basic needs are neglected, it is unlikely that your kitty will be happy and express joy.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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