Why Do Cats Purr?

Why Does My Cat Purr

As winter draws closer, curling up by the fire with my fur-babies has been one of my favorite pass-times. There is nothing better than hearing them sleeping and softly purring next to you.

But that hasn’t always been the case. I remember when I first heard a cat purr. I thought the kitty was broken.

So good news for everyone, your cat is not broken if they purr.

While no one is 100 percent certain why cats purr, we have narrowed it down to our top most common reasons.

Usually cats purr for one of a handful of reasons. They are happy, hungry, injured, or even frightened. But how can you tell which one it is?

That is where Context plays a big role in understanding your pet.

Why Do Cats Purr When You Pet Them?

Usually, when cats are purring while you pets them, it’s a friendly way of communicating. If it’s a form of communication, it’s meant for those they love and trust, since cats purr at a low volume.

Although my kittens sometimes purr so loudly I think the world can hear them.

Purring for most cats is often associated with position social moments. Things like nursing, grooming, relaxing and being happy. You can sometimes see cats kneading and purring at the same time.

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How Do Cats Purr?

Cats purr by using their larynx and diaphragm muscles, both as they inhale and as they exhale, although just how the central nervous system generates and controls those contractions isn’t yet understood.

Most cats automatically know how to purr from birth and it is something they naturally do.

If you have a kitten by itself, it will still most likely purr. It doesn’t need another cat to teach it to purr.

Why Does My Cat Purr So Loudly?

Every cat’s purr is a little different and the frequency in which they purr will vary among cats.

My two kittens purr so loudly that you can hear it from across the rooms. But Phoebe, my first cat is a very quiet purr-er. I actually can only hear her purring when I pet her because she purrs so quietly.

That doesn’t mean that one cat is happier because they purr louder. It’s just like human’s laugh…some people laugh louder than others. Doesn’t mean one is happier than the other.

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Random Fun Facts About Purring

Did you know that it is has been shown the purring can stimulate bone regeneration!

THEY LITERALLY HEAL THEMSELVES.

 Not really. But still pretty cool.

What does it mean when a cat purrs?

As I’m sure by now you can tell, cats don’t only purr for one reason.

 “All behavior depends on history, context and expectation,” says Tony Buffington, a cat expert and veterinarian at Ohio State University. “So it’s naive to think that cats can only purr for one reason—it’s like thinking that people can only laugh for one reason.”

Every can laugh for different reasons. They laugh out of joy, a desire to be polite, when surprised, —and only context will tell anyone that is watching what the laugh truly means.

The same is true for a purr in cats.

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