Facial expressions are important to body language. A facial expression is one or more motions or positions of the muscles beneath the skin of the face. These movements convey the emotional state of an individual to observers. Facial expressions are a form of nonverbal communication. They are a primary means of conveying social information between humans, but they also occur in most other mammals and some other animal species. Source: Wikipedia
Direct, attentive eye contact between the cat and the human may be interpreted as disinterested, inattentive, or rude. I got the message, Mr. Bowie. Don’t get up, I can find another seat.