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Why Do Cats Purr?

Why Do Cats Purr?

Ever wondered why cats purr? Turns out, they do it for multiple reasons.

There are many mysteries in the world, and one of them is why cats purr. People generally think that cats purr because they are content, but this is not always the case. Sometimes, a cat owner might receive seemingly mixed messages, such as purring one moment, and biting the next. Here’s a look at several reasons why cats purr.

Contentment

Indeed, one of the reasons that they do this is to express contentment. The subtle vibrations they make can have a soothing effect on them and you and display their happiness. Think of it as their way of smiling.

Hunger

Another reason they purr is to express hunger. Cats may both purr and produce a high-pitched noise to indicate that they want you to feed them. Moreover, a study in Britain revealed that the purring at mealtime differed from the ones in which they expressed happiness. 

Discomfort

Some cat owners complain that their cat sends them mixed messages. For example, as they pet their cat, it purrs for a while, but then immediately bites them and then leaves. No, this behavior does not mean that felines are fickle or flippant. Their purring could actually have indicated that they were overstimulated and were nervous or uncomfortable with all the petting.

Motherly Bonding

Cat mothers might purr to bond with their kittens. Human beings might not fully understand what the mother is saying to its young, but this is yet another way that cats use this mode of communication.

Self-Healing

Some research has suggested that purring has self-healing qualities. If your cat becomes injured, never assume that purring will heal away its ailments and take it to the vet. Even so, there may be evidence that the low vibrations may help the cat to heal its bones and wounds, heal and strengthen muscles and tendons, reduce pain and swelling, and promote easier breathing.

Look for Other Cues

People do not speak the cat language, and cats do not communicate in English or any other language. However, one can see that felines use purring to communicate in various ways. The best way to interpret your cat is not to believe that they have malicious intent, but are trying to convey themselves within a specific context. Contextual clues will help you determine what the purring means.

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