Cats are skilled in the ways of expression. For the most part, we can identify exactly what they’re thinking — especially when it comes to us and the things we do. My favorite feline expression is the one of pure contentment, which usually accompanies purring. I could look at those satisfied faces for hours, and probably have. And those eyes radiate pure love! Who doesn’t want to snuggle up with a happy cat?
Kitties also let us know when they’re irritated. That look usually surfaces when we’re trying to indulge in a belly huff, or remove them from our lap when they’re mid-nap. The look of disapproval is a cousin to irritation. There’s no real anger present, just an expression of snarky discontent. But remember: Disapproval could turn into full-blown irritation at any time.
Here are seven looks of disapproval, courtesy of my cats, Phoebe and Cosmo.
“Really? you’re not going to move those books and let me sit in your lap? Shame on you and your selfish choice. Shame. Now move the books and let’s try this again. Capiche?”
“You filled your coffee cup before you filled my breakfast dish? Did you really think my famished face wouldn’t see you walk right past my plate and head for the coffee pot? You really need to reevaluate your priorities and get back to me. But first, put down that coffee cup and feed me. And I’ll take a couple of treats while you’re at it. I think you owe me at least that.”
“Really? Did you need to turn on that lamp? I was enjoying the low light in this room, and you decided to change the entire vibe. My comfort must mean nothing to you. Now turn off that intrusive light before the high electric bill affects my cat-toy budget. You’re a real piece of work, you know that?”
“Did I just see you unpack a bag of subpar treats and place them in the pantry? The ones with the cartoon chicken on the label? What happened to the salmon ones from last time? I obviously enjoyed them, yet you chose to purchase something else? I have nothing to say to you. In fact, I can’t even look at you right now. Be gone.”
“What happened to the giant pile of clothing that was on this bed 20 minutes ago? I don’t remember giving you permission to move it. I’ll give you 15 minutes to warm that clothing in the dryer and place it right back where you found it. Well, what are you waiting for?”
“You disappeared behind that shower curtain and I couldn’t get to you. Did you hear my meows? I’m pretty sure you heard my meows — they were pretty loud. I can’t believe you’d abandon me like that. What kind of mother are you? I don’t know if I’ll ever recover from this event.”
“This box is way too small. I was under the impression my new box would fit a little more snugly than this piece of cardboard. Please replace this box immediately. I thought you really knew me, but I suppose I was wrong. I expected more from you. I guess I should stop expecting altogether — I only set myself up for disappointment. Now where’s that box?”
Does your cat have some snarky disapproving expressions? Post photos and tell us about them in the comments!
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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.