Have you been confused, shocked, or interested by how often your cat purrs? If so, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll find out what the mystery is behind our feline friends’ purring.
When you come home from a long, tiring day at work and hear your little furry baby purring, it makes you feel warm and fuzzy in a way that nothing else can.
This natural vibrational behaviour of a cat has been showing more and more that having a pet is, in fact, therapeutic.
If you like animals, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that. The love you get from an animal is pure in every way and always there for you.
What is That Mysterious Calming Sound of Love?
Before we try to figure out why a cat purrs, let’s learn a bit more about its biology. What is that sound, and how is it different from other sounds cats make?
What Is Purring?
Cats have a unique structure in their throats near their voice boxes that lets them make the sound we call “purring” (also known as their larynx). The sound of purring comes from the vibration of the tissues, which makes a soft (or sometimes loud) rumbling murmur when the cat breathes in and out.
Like many things cats do, it’s a more complicated way to talk than it seems. Wild cats like cheetahs and tigers also purr, so it’s not just house cats that do it.
Why Do the Cats Purr?
No one really knows why cats meow. There are guesses, hypotheses, and some reasons that have been proven.
Scientists are now pretty sure that this is the process, but they still don’t know for sure what makes the response happen.
The most important piece of evidence is a neuronal oscillator deep in the cat’s brain that has no other clear purpose.
“We’re just starting to figure it out, and we still have more questions than answers.”
-Dr. Gary Weitzman, CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and a vet.
5 Possible Reasons Why Your Cat Might Be Purring
1. The Call for Food
When cats are just a few days old, they start to purr. This helps their mothers find them when it’s time to feed them. Some adult cats may still purr while they eat or before they eat to try to convince someone it’s time for dinner.
2. Kitten & Mommy (or Pop-pops) Bonding
3. In the “Dora the Explorer” Zone
Some cats purr loudly when they are cautiously checking out new places. My cat purrs the loudest when it is checking out the back of the closet.
Cats may also purr when they are scared or when something stressful happens, like when a dog chases them.
4. Naturally healing properties of purring
One theory says that the purr can help people feel better. People think that the vibrations from the activity refresh the body and help the cat “heal” after it has been stressed.
As the pressure hardens the bones, the frequency of the vibrations, which can be anywhere from 20Hz to 150Hz, is thought to help the bones grow. The tissue might react the same way to different frequencies.
The purr developed as a low-energy way for animals to keep their bones and tissues healthy while they were resting.
5. They are simply happy, content and at peace
Your cat looks calm. Maybe it’s on its back with its eyes half closed and its tail mostly still. If they’re purring, it’s likely that they’re happy.
It sounds like a big smile.
Why Does My Kitten Keep Purring While Biting Me?
If you’ve brought a young kitten into your home and your first encounter is constant purring and biting, then there are a few reasons behind this behaviour. First of all, kittens practice being predators by biting and attacking us and their whole environment.
Since they would do that with their mother and other kittens, it makes sense that they would purr too.
If the cat is in a playful mood, it might purr and bite at the same time, but it could also mean that it is scared and frightened of its new surroundings.
These times are important because they give you the chance to teach your cat how to behave. When their inner hunter is out, try not to use your hands. Instead, use other toys. If they’re purring during this contact, simply consider it praise and keep up the good game!
Should I Be Worried If My Cat Is Purring Constantly?
Cats purr both on purpose and unintentionally for many different reasons, and there are many reasons why a kitten would purr all the time. If they’re doing it in front of you, it’s probably an indication of love.
Since the volume and intensity can change, it’s also possible that people don’t think their kitten purrs all the time because they can’t hear the low frequency. It can be a sign of sadness or illness, but purring all the time isn’t enough to figure out what’s wrong.
You need to keep an eye out for changes in the cat’s behaviour, like when it acts too much in the litterbox or when it grooms itself too much. But keeping an eye on your cat isn’t enough. If you’re worried about your cat, take it to the vet, and make sure to keep taking it to the vet, especially as it gets older.
What Does It Mean When Your Cat Stops Purring?
While purring regularly will normally be considered as a favourable sign the lack of purrs will naturally alert some cat parents. If you just got a rescue kitten or are a new cat parent, don’t worry too much if your cat isn’t purring.
If your long-term cat has suddenly quit his constant purring then it could be an indication of stress instead.
Even though purring is a way for cats to deal with stress, you might also notice a change in how they act in general. They might also only purr when you’re not there.
A new member of the family, like a baby or another cat, can make a cat feel jealous. If you’ve been away from home more than usual, your cat may feel like it’s not getting enough attention. Maybe you need to find new ways to communicate with your cat and turn on the purring machine again.
It’s important to remember that every cat has its own way of expressing itself, even when it comes to purring.
Marjan Debevere, a photographer at a cat shelter, says, “All cats are different. Some don’t purr at all, and some purr all the time.”
Is It Normal For A Cat To Purr Constantly?
If your cat purrs when you walk into the room or pet it, it’s probably happy.
Most of the time, when cats purr a lot, it’s a good sign, so constant purring might not be a sign of a problem. For example, your cat is probably happy if it purrs when you come into the room or pet it.
In fact, cats often make a lot of noise, which is a sign that they are healthy. But if your cat’s purring changes all of a sudden or if there are other signs that they might be sick or scared, you should take them to the vet for a checkup.
The vet will ask what they do every day and how they live, and he or she will do a physical exam to see if there are any underlying health problems, like pain or stress.
Does The Purring Of Your Cat Have Benefits For You?
Petting a cat has been thought of for a long time as a way to relieve stress. Having a cat could cut the risk of having a stroke or heart disease by as much as one-third. There’s a chance that the same frequencies that make animals purr could also be good for us.
Putting aside the physical benefits, we’ve always liked the way purring makes us feel. It makes us feel calm and happy, like when waves crash on the beach.
The sound of a cat purring makes us feel calm, and we may have chosen cats who purr more often through their genes.
When my cats purr, I feel like I’m witnessing a small miracle of nature. It is a happy, relaxing sound with healing vibrations that might even help us feel less stressed. Because of this, I’m sure that if my cat purred all the time, it would be fun to listen to.
Now, tell us: Does your cat make purring sounds all the time? If they were would you be worried, and could you ever get enough of it?
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it normal for cats to purr constantly?
Some cats don’t purr at all, while others do it all the time.
Why does my cat walk around purring?
Some people have seen their cats walk around the house and meow at themselves. If you have more than one cat, this is how they usually talk to each other. When a cat purrs, it usually means it is happy. Even when they’re eating, cats purr when they’re happy.
Do cats have control over purring?
Even cooler: Because she can’t stop the signals from her central nervous system that make her purr, your cat has the best autopilot known to man.
Why do cats go away to die?
Why do cats purr and then bite you?
Even though it is a controversial topic, some people think that if your cat bites you out of the blue for no clear reason, it may be because they are getting too excited from all the petting you thought they liked.
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