What's on a cat's mind?

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:32 28/06/2013

Cats are mysterious, I've heard it said. Inscrutably plotting. Unreadably pursuing hidden agendas. Yet sometimes their faces tell a clear story.

Mahela's face says "Don't touch, else you'll find out what my claws can do to finest leather."

Mahela

Oskar's saucer eyes tell us that the noise and smell of this cat show are too, too much. "Can't I win it now and go home?"

Oskar

Ginger: "I'm a perfect specimen of lustrous russet beauty, so don't you dare mention my freckles. Also, my name is pronounced to rhyme with 'finger', so get that right."

Ginger

Katie: "I am symmetrical monochrome perfection. So don't you dare mention my freckles."

Katie

Cassie: "I won't sleep anywhere with less than a 600 thread count."

Cassie

Brulee: "Look into my eyes, you are sleepy, sleepy .. you wish to alter your will in my favour ... sleepy, sleepy but obedient..."

Brulee

Frankie merely wonders why windows always have to be closed.

Frankie

Ruby: "Read my lip - where's the Fancy Feast?"

Ruby

Shayde's face (left) is undoubtedly a demand for privacy during the next stage of self-grooming. Cloud's innocent expression may be read as "My butt warmer is making odd sounds, please fix."

Shayde

Cloud

Max: "Freeview? I think not. You must certainly pay."

Max

You need this chair? Molly has a mocking "ha ha" for you.

Molly

Bebe has a shaggy-cat story to tell.

Bebe

Joshie performs the death scene from Camille - hanky needed.

Joshie

Iggy is dad's defender and protector.

Iggy

Charlie and Baxter: "Give us a minute to get organised, then take your picture."

Charlie and Baxter 1

Charlie and Baxter 2

Ron seems to be getting a telling off. But how does that work? He isn't old enough to have done anything wrong...

Ron

The biggest eyes you'll see today - those of Pancho Villa. Pancho lives strictly indoors and even has his own Twitter account promoting indoor cat-keeping to protect native birds.

Pancho Villa

Thomas lost a leg (car accident) when he was a year old, but according to his human companion Wendy, "He is such a loving and trusting animal, everyone who meets him falls in love with him." And his face seems to say "love me".

Thomas

Mikey is the Tony Soprano of his garden. Capisce?

Mikey

Charlie and Louie: "Look! It snowed!"

Charlie and Louie

Scooter, too, has an issue with tissues - and ripping them up is so tiring.

Scooter

You can't see Cloudy's face but I'm guessing it shows alarmed delight, or delighted alarm. A trampoline cancels out all of a cat's elegance.

Cloudy

Frankie's intentions are plain.

Frankie

"No, I don't perform for the camera," says the remarkably patterned Jessie.

Jessie

Pippi's message: "I am currently in heaven, please address all queries to my assistant."

Pippi

Snoopy: "Leave it open. And I need more socks."

Snoopy

Kitten: "Is this railing up to code? Hand me my tape measure."

Kitten

Mr Puss Puss wants to know which shelf the biscuits are on.

Mr Puss Puss

Not so much a facial expression, but nonetheless a powerful message of satisfaction from Lola.

Lola

Finally, pure, symmetrically freckled bliss from Loki. Do not, on any account, disturb.

Loki

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