With our patients being exclusively feline, and new technicians not always having such intensive experience with cats, I thought I would post everything I could find that could help us read how a cat is feeling, so we can make the visit to the clinic as atraumatic as possible.
This is a general chart, the facial expressions going from benign in the upper left to full-on Screaming Mimi in the bottom left. I’m sure we’ve all seen examples of every one of these expressions, possibly on the same cat, sometimes within the space of just a few minutes.
But cats express themselves with more than just their face and eyes, right? So, the next chart shows the importance of tail position in helping us understand what a cat is feeling.
And this chart shows the whole package, including posture and body position.
For an in-depth discussion of cat body language, please follow this link to the website from which I’ve
stolen borrowed these graphics.