Our favorite Catographer, Nils Jacobi shares his “angry kitty shots” from the archives to “brighten your day.”
Jacobi makes cat photography a fine art, as we previously shared with his dramatic Valentine’s Day shots that also helped shelter pets seeking homes in Langenfeld, Germany.
“Lissy imitating the angry cat emoji 😼”
Images via Facebook/FurryFritz
Angry Kitty Versus ‘Resting Cat Face’
Do you know what makes a cat look angry? They might look mad but are often relaxed and only appear like Grumpy Cat. Cats that look grumpy may just have a “resting cat face,” as ModKat puts it. Similarly, some cats can always look surprised but it could be their unique look they were born with. Other cats look like little werewolves,but people fall in love with their wonderfully unique purrsonalities all the more.
Anyone owned by a cat will soon know intimately what your cat looks and sounds like when they are truly angry. Like people, it can vary by individual purrsonality, but there are some tells. Can you see one below?
Let’s take a look at these Angry Kitties, which really do look less-than-pleased, but to the trained feline-loving eye, most are (probably) not angry at all.
Purrhaps they could be slightly agitated meowdels who have had it with posing for the camera?
Then, we’ll look at some traits the Humane Society identifies as signs of angry cats.
Video by FurryFritz – Catographer:
As a bonus, here are some more shots of a shelter cat Karlchen, which are hilarious.
Jacobi says his shy sister didn’t enjoy the photoshoot, but Karlchen, who has a missing tooth, exudes purrsonality. The pictures helped raise funds for the local shelter in Hilden.
What Does an Angry Cat Look Like?
So, do you know how to spot an angry kitty – generally, that is? All of our fans adore cats, and we’re sure you know that their ears, fur, and “mood meter,” AKA tail are the giveaways most of the time. While a growl is obvious anger, a hiss may not indicate anger but, instead, nervousness and fear. Rescuers know this all too well.
That said, pets that appear calm can also be angry sometimes. That’s where it comes down to knowing your pet’s quirks and what they tell you.
In general, angry cats will hold their ears backward or sideways, the “airplane ears,” as the Humane Society describes it. If you think about it, holding back the ears may be a sign that they are protecting their ears if they decide to launch a hissy fit. If their fur is standing up, and their back is arched, it’s probably an angry or frightened (and probably both) cat. Their eyes may have dilated pupils too, but sometimes they are constricted when angry.
Related: Cat Behavior Specialist Shares Signs When Your Pet Could Be in Pain
If your cat’s tail is thrashing about, it could mean they are agitated or angry. If it’s held low or tucked between their legs, it’s much like a puppy -they could feel anxious or nervous.
One often confusing sign of an angry cat is when they are lying on their back but growling. It seems to send mixed signals, as if offering the belly to rub but also saying, “don’t even think about it!” It’s best to assume you should give them some space and respect– immediately.
For a demonstration of angry cats, here is Marmalade going to the vet!