Why Do Cats Purr?

A question for the ages – why do cats purr?  Is it love?  Is it happiness?  Or is it… just because?  This recent video explores the reasons cats purr.

Fascinating!  Cat purring can promote healing?  Wow.  Didn’t know that.  Last year, an article on Wired.com offered this information about a cat’s purr:

No one is certain exactly why cats purr, though there are a number of good guesses. The obvious observation is cats seem to purr when they’re pleased and feeling good. But that’s not always the case: Some cats also purr when they’re hungry, injured, or frightened. And most surprisingly, purring frequencies have been shown to stimulate bone regeneration – yes, bone regeneration.

Maybe being a cat lady with dozens of moggies helps slow down osteoporosis!  (Just being facetious, of course.)  And an article about purring on the Doctors Foster and Smith web site explains:

Purring is one of several methods of non-verbal communication felines use to convey their moods and needs. Others include squinting or slow blinking, stretching, scratching, facial rubbing, and spraying. So the next time your cat is purring deeply while curled in your lap, try purring back – she’ll know what you’re saying!

Purring Cat

Does your cat or kitten respond in kind if you purr at her?  Please feel free to share your purring experiences in the comments, below.  Now, I’m off to try it myself.  Here, kitty kitty…


(Image courtesy of ClipArtKid.com)

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