Cats can be very enigmatic and almost poker-faced. Where dogs get goofy, almost-grins, cats often seem devoid of any emotion. Given all the attention they get and the way they seem to love their catnip or a good scratch on the back of the ears or the belly, they must be happy, right? But if their mouths aren't curving up, how do you know if your cat is smiling?
Some cats seem to have "resting smile face" where it looks like their mouths are shaped in a smile, when they're really just sitting there, while others can look like they are scowling or quizzical, even at their most content. It turns out that while your cat might not actually smile like a human would, there are other behaviors they may display that will indicate that they are happy and smiling on the inside. The more time you spend with your cat, the clearer it will be. Some of the cues will be the sounds they make while others will be more visual. Turns out they don't need a silly facial expression to let their owners know that they're happy.
So the next time you're questioning a cat's emotions, look for these clues that will tell you that they're in good spirits.