Why Cats Purr

Why Cats Purr

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  • Picture: Cats brain with vocal cord separating (laryngeal muscles)
  • Video of tiger purring with sucky
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  • Why do cats purr? How cats purr is a fascinating and captivating topic especially for cat lovers. Most people believe cats purr to attract attention or just because they are happy, however, cats also purr when they are experiencing pain, giving birth, nervous or even dying.
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  • Have you ever wondered how this strange and wonderful process occurs? Well it all begins in a cat’s brain. Firstly, a repetitive neural oscillator {neurons in the central nervous system} send messages to the laryngeal muscles causing them twitch and vibrate. This then causes the vocal cords to separate when a cat inhales and exhales and produces the purring sound.
  • Tiger and Lilly Approaching each other Audio of Tiger Purring
  • Relief and healing Surprising cats can heal themselves through the process of purring. This is due to the vibration they create throughout their bodies when purring. Purring has been linked to lowering stress, decreasing symptoms of Dyspnoea, lessening the chances of having a heart attack, and even strengthening bones. The frequencies of 25 and 50 Hz are the best for healing and strengthening bones for cats.
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  • She’s happy and friendly The most commonly understood reason for cats purring is to indicate cats are happy. When a cat purrs and they look relaxed and sleepy it is safe to assume they are in their happy place. The purring noise is like a big smile. Cats purr when they play or approach other cats signaling they are friendly and want to come closer.
  • Nervous Cats will normally shake when visiting the vet or when they are scared so you may hear them purr. This purr is to calm them and makes them feel better. It’s almost like they are sending a wave of calm through out their bodies.
  • It can be concluded therefore that cats purr for a variety of interesting and beneficial reasons and not just because they are happy. Hopefully this video will enable you to better understand your fury little companion and further enjoy his or her unique ways.
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