Cattitude is a real thing! Manna and Dexter, like many cats, are never shy about letting everyone know exactly how they feel. When a cat is happy, all the world is right. When a cat is no impressed, their mannerisms will show it. Cats feel no need to be polite.
How does a cat express displeasure? One way is something that I call “airplane ears” (ears out to the sides). A good example is Dexter’s face after I had to lock him in the bedroom for a few minutes.
Why did he end up in the bedroom? “Someone” knocked the butter dish off of the counter and caused it to shatter all over the kitchen floor. A couple of “someones” then proceeded to eat part of a stick of butter. When I came home and encountered this situation, Dexter and Manna had to be sequestered while I cleaned the glass (and remaining butter) off of the floor. He didn’t seem to appreciate the lack of butter he found when he got out of the bedroom again.
Another expression of disapproval is “devil horns” (ears perked up facing the sides). Dexter is a bit like a bull in a china shop. Manna is often not impressed with his handiwork. After a session of kitty pole dancing, Dexter left the floor lamp on its side. Manna was not at all happy with this clumsy redecorating of her living room. She says the light doesn’t capture her best features from this angle.
The ears are not the only part of a kitty that signal disapproval. A cat can express a large number of emotions with their eyes. Dexter let me know that he wants new feather toys this week. Other toys are not going to cut it. He wants new feathers and he wants them now. I offered him a toy that I thought would be just as fun as a feather, but he was clearly not impressed. These eyes are pretty judgemental!