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7 Feline Facial Expressions that Kill Me Every Time

When I'm feeling sad or cranky, I seek out funny cat faces -- they're an instant mood-lifter.

 |  Feb 25th 2014  |   26 Contributions


If you regularly read my posts here on Catster, you know I love to laugh. Cats always find a way to brighten my day and send more than a few giggles my way. Kitties' faces are so expressive, don't you think? Cats try and act completely dignified most of the time, so when they happen to sport a goofy facial expression, it's extra funny.

When I'm in a cranky mood, I sometimes go online specifically looking for funny cat pics. I swear they instantly lighten my mood. There are certain kinds of cat faces -- either from my own cats or virtual ones -- that never fail to make me laugh. Here are seven of them, in words (and really funny pictures).

1. Peeky tongue

Um, kitty -- you forgot something. Photo: jasonnapieralski

Oh, man -- I love the peeky tongue. This generally occurs after a kitty has been cleaning himself, and the tongue never fully makes it back inside the mouth. They usually have no idea they have a peeky tongue. When this happens to my cats, I can't stop my amusement long enough to grab the camera. By the time I do have camera in hand, the tongue has gone back home. Of course. Come back, peeky tongue!

2. Laughing

Isn't it the best when you catch a cat mid-yawn? They totally look like they're laughing! I like imagining feline cackles coming from their fangy little mouths. I'm sure cats laugh on the inside ... mostly at us.

3. Smug

"Yeah, I just licked that plate. So what?" Photo: Peter Clark

Cats have mastered the smug look. They have such a sense of entitlement and superiority -- for some cats, that is their resting face! A pompous cat face is always hilarious to me, and can only be made better when accompanied by a peeky tongue.

4. Visible teeth

OK, ever since I can remember, cat teeth have fascinated and delighted me to no end. To me, the tiny baby-corn front teeth are some of the most squee-worthy, silly treasures on this planet. After I give my Phoebe her pill at night, she snaps her teeth closed, and I get a front-row seat for baby-corn-teeth cinema. Any photo that exposes cat teeth sends me reeling into Happytown.

5. Surprised

Cats are pretty skittish, so the surprised look is one that's not uncommon, yet still very funny. I love it when cats cock their ears in any direction, especially when they're irritated or surprised. Not that I wish anxiety upon any of my feline friend, of course. 

6. Inside-out ear

"Why is everybody looking at me funny?" Photo: Jacob Davies

The inside-out ear is akin to the peeky tongue. It usually happens post-grooming. Kitty was so busy completely detailing the top of his head with his spitty paw that he didn't notice the ear didn't flip back into place. Again, a smug-looking cat with an inside-out ear is nothing short of hysterical.

7. Smiling

Some cats naturally look like they're smiling. Other times, they get the grins before or after a yawn. Whatever the case, I just like to look at those cheesy little faces. They look so pleased with themselves, like they've just been up to no good, which is probably not that far from the truth! 

 What kinds of cat faces make you laugh? Tell us 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 (birthed 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.  

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