Angry or agitated. The cat’s ears are pulled back and flat against his head in a defensive position. His whiskers are stiff and out. His pupils are narrowed and the stare is hard and focused. The cat’s entire body is tense and the hair may be raised along the spine. He may even break his silence by hissing or releasing a low growl.
Focused and curious. The cat is sitting or lying down with his front paws forward. His eyes are open with narrow pupils and looking at the source of curiosity without being a hard stare. His ears are up and forward and his facial whiskers are forward but without any tension. He may lift his nose in the air to catch a scent.
Affection seeking. The cat will catch your attention and then start to slowly blink his eyes at you. His body is relaxed. He may slowly come up to you and gently bump his head against your forehead, a move known as head bunting or head bonking.
Happy. When sitting, the cat will be relaxed and upright, with ears pointed up and forward, but relaxed, sometimes swivelling gently towards familiar sounds like your family’s voices; when lying down, he may have his paws tucked neatly underneath him, or be lying stretched out on his side or even on his back, with legs spread outwards, which shows he is very happy!
Neutral and relaxed. If lying down, the cat could be stretched out, curled up into a ball, or lying on his front with paws neatly tucked underneath him. His eyes might be blinking softly, or half closed. His ears will be relaxed, held casually upright and forward – although he could swivel around independently if the cat is listening to things around him. His whiskers will be relaxed, away from the sides of their face, and he may almost appear to smile!