Constantly Smiling Cats are an Accident of Anatomy

I guess we know it, although some cat caretakers might like to believe otherwise. Cats who have a constant smile are just made that way. It is an accident of anatomy.

Smiling cat an accident of anatomy
Smiling cat an accident of anatomy. Photo: ankakay on Flickr
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That said, it does not mean that cats don’t smile inside, feel content or happy. But when we see a smiling cat it is an emotion that we see in the cat from the shape of his/her muzzle. Perhaps we want to see it.

However, we can tell by the overall appearance of a cat’s face and general demeanour when a cat is content or depressed or indeed anxious. It is there; the subtle changes in facial expression.

But I don’t believe cats smile like we do.

Some cat caretakers believe their cats are “clowns” constantly larking around having fun with a smile on their happy face. This is our interpretation of their behaviour. It is probably the human projecting her desire or emotions onto her cat.

But…perhaps I am being too unenlightened, too scientific. Perhaps cats do smile. What does your experience tell you?

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31 thoughts on “Constantly Smiling Cats are an Accident of Anatomy”

  1. Cats don’t smile, it’s a human trait which cats don’t need. They tell us by their body language if they are happy or sad.

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  2. Wonderful Article I notice My Own Cats smile. Like Tiger does that, but thats usually cause he wants a Suckle on the Earlobe. Also Rebel does that from time to time. I really hate it when people are super Happy all the time, or say nothing worries them cause deep deep down inside you always no there is a Problems but people are just in Denial.

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      • Hi, Yea He’s been doing that since age 3 months when we got him I also think since he was in a house with lots of Dogs and where his sister I hate to say this was killed by dogs. Which is why I had to resuce him at the time as he prob wouldn’t be alive. I think also he does it for a reassures like something he enjoys.

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