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Do cats understand smiles? — 2 Comments

  1. By the way, I just remembered that horses smile and frown when feeling good or bad too. Perhaps most animals do as all have facial muscles, it’s just that humans and primates developed their use to the greatest degree.

  2. As always, I am with you Michael, especially with the concept of associating body language with predictable situations – something good, bad or in between. I must add, again as usual, that I am certain cats DO smile and frown, but it is (again as I’ve said before) a matter of degree. It is so slight, so nuanced, so minuscule a physical change that unless you’re intently and repeatedly looking for it, you’re not going to see it. Just like (famously when George Carlin said cats don’t have eyebrows, just a bunch shit sticking out of their head!) they do have very slight indications of raising and lowering in tune with their mood or emotion. You have to see beyond the shit. And, being that the whiskers grow out from that area of flesh, they tend to follow the slight down or upturn, but I watch just the hair closest to the skin. I think you also have to be very familiar with each cats’ face to see it change.

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