Kitty is trying to tell you something, but it's not what you think
Published: 2022-06-24 05:48 pm
The real reason why cats look so judgmental
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Me-owch.

The internet is going wild for photos of “judgmental cats” on Reddit. Troves of users on the online platform are causing hiss-sterics, posting pictures of critical creatures who appear to be casting doubt on their owners with curled lips and squinting eyes.

“[I] started singing out loud and glanced over to see my cat, Snuggles, staring at me with lots of judgement [sic]. Cats,” Redditor lscraig posted.

Skeptical kitties are also giving cold stares on other social media platforms. The hashtag #judgmentalcat has more than 388,100 posts on TikTok.

But scratching below the surface, these expressions might not mean what owners think they do, experts say.

“Cats are not judgmental … there might be other things causing that expression. Perhaps the cat is feeling cornered, or there’s another cat nearby, or maybe there’s a slight pain, or another animal [around],” certified cat behavior consultant Marilyn Krieger told The Post.

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Don’t take it personally if your cat gives you a mean mug. One expert says it’s got nothing to do with judgment.
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Cats have earned an unfair reputation for being judgmental, one expert says.
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Cats may be giving their grimaces for a multitude of reasons, but judgment isn’t one, according to an expert.
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The bottom line: “People judge, that’s a human characteristic. Not a feline characteristic.”

So, it’s all just a harmless, adorable misunderstanding. But, it might have an upside.

“A lot of people,” Krieger said, “they’ll think it’s cute and it will make them feel more warm and fuzzy towards the cat, or the cat breed, or towards cats as a whole.”

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Cats don’t give harsh looks on purr-pose, a leading cat behavior consultant says.
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No. Your cat doesn’t hate you if they’re giving you a nasty look.
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