Ranging from the smug to the foolish and the all-out Cheshire cat smiles, these adorable cats will certainly improve your day, no matter how awesome or tough it's been.

We also all know cats are mysterious, so where do these adorable animal smiles come from? Strangely enough, the ones on their faces aren't true smiles, as their facial muscles are not the same as humans. So, technically, smiling animals aren't really smiling. More often than not, your cute cat will express happiness via the obvious purring, closing their eyes, and relaxing their head backward.

Anyway, we'd love to hear which of our happy animals are your favorites, and as always, feel free to submit your own examples of smiling cats and happiness!

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Smiling Cat

Smiling Cat

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Smiling Cat

Smiling Cat

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SusieKang
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

just because i am allergic to cats: but do they normally not have thumbs? or are they 6 toed?

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Happy Cat

Happy Cat

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I Think My Girlfriends Cat Is Pretty Happy At Home

I Think My Girlfriends Cat Is Pretty Happy At Home

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Smiling Cat

Smiling Cat

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Smiling Cat

Smiling Cat

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#9

My Friends Cat Is Always Smiling

My Friends Cat Is Always Smiling

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ReneeDuncan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this something your friend's cat has always done? If it's something that's recently started, your friend should probably take this little furball to the vet, because it can indicate pain. (Tooth issue, jaw issue, stress, or other issues)

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Shironeko Is The Happiest And Sleepiest Cat Ever

Shironeko Is The Happiest And Sleepiest Cat Ever

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Tuffy Is Happy To Meet You

Tuffy Is Happy To Meet You

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#12

He's A Happy Cat

He's A Happy Cat

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My Cat Is A Smiling Fool

My Cat Is A Smiling Fool

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Cuddling His Mum

Cuddling His Mum

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#18

My Cat Sometimes Makes Very Funny Faces

My Cat Sometimes Makes Very Funny Faces

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But I Really Want It, Please

But I Really Want It, Please

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Smiling Cat

Smiling Cat

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#23

Happy 'stache Cat

Happy 'stache Cat

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Smiling Cat

Smiling Cat

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#25

Smiling Sméagol, The Happy Cat

Smiling Sméagol, The Happy Cat

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Kovue Smiling For The Camera

Kovue Smiling For The Camera

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Never Trust A Smiling Cat

Never Trust A Smiling Cat

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#34

Chin Scratches Are The Best

Chin Scratches Are The Best

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#35

And 'pose'

And 'pose'

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MPaulaWhelan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seems the cat is unsure of the motives of the photographer.

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A Smile A Day Keeps The Doctor Away - This Is Really The Way She Looks

A Smile A Day Keeps The Doctor Away - This Is Really The Way She Looks

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Romy Kitten Laughs

Romy Kitten Laughs

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Karen Pastore
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is the sweetest most charming adorable smile

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#38

Sunny Smiles Like This. Cute, Eh?

Sunny Smiles Like This. Cute, Eh?

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Smile For The Camera

Smile For The Camera

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MPaulaWhelan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I laugh at danger. I am a black cat. I am danger.

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Yakari

Yakari

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#42

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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#43

My Cat Is Either Really Happy Or Really High On Catnip

My Cat Is Either Really Happy Or Really High On Catnip

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#44

Frowny Cat?

Frowny Cat?

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Happy Kitty

Happy Kitty

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Sev Happy And Chillin' Like A Villain.

Sev Happy And Chillin' Like A Villain.

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Smiling Cat

Smiling Cat

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Siva Having A Pleasant Dream...

Siva Having A Pleasant Dream...

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Karen Pastore
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

a dream about Heaven because that is where this Angel came from ...awwww so lovely ....gorgeous cat

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"she Loves Me, She Loves Me Not..."

"she Loves Me, She Loves Me Not..."

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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Millicent was the runt of the litter and would curl up like a tiny broach above my breast. She was given to me to be an indoor cat so she wouldn't be eaten by owls or eagles for a snack. Milly is currently sitting on the window sill softly meowing through the screen to a young deer eating yellow flowers on the front lawn. She hasn't yet grown into full size or her lonnngggg legs. At night, she snuggles under the covers and curls up into my abdomen with delicate purrs. "She LOVES me & i LOVE her'!

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Happy Sleeping Cat

Happy Sleeping Cat

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Karen Pastore
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

look at that peaceful smile...like the cat is in Heaven or dreaming of it ...awwww this could be number one ...so perfect a pose

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Chilli's Smile/sleep Mode

Chilli's Smile/sleep Mode

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Karen Pastore
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh my ...that smile is worthy of a thousand votes ....soooooooo Angelic and simply perfect

#56

Lets Eat All The Flowers!

Lets Eat All The Flowers!

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Karen Pastore
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

awwwwwwww so beautiful and happy ...i adore that face and love that smile ...you are the best lovely cat

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#57

Loungin' Larry

Loungin' Larry

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Life.of.meow

Life.of.meow

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#60

"gords" Was Thrilled To Go Outside :)

"gords" Was Thrilled To Go Outside :)

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Georgia Fiefer
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