Cat behaviour

Why Do Cats Purr

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
Why Do Cats Purr

If there is a sound that characterizes cats is their purr. It is a lovely and expressive communication tool, and anyone who lives with a cat knows what we mean, yet we must acknowledge that there is something mystical and beautiful in that soft vibration. If you don't know what it is, start stroking your cat and in a few minutes you will begin to feel and hear that lovely and loud purring. At we will reveal the mystery of why cats purr.

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One of the most common reasons why cats to purr is that they feel happy. So if your pet often purrs then you know that it's very satisfied. Normally they do it when you stroke them, when they are cleaning themselves, when sleeping, when greeting a feline companion, when kneading, ultimately, when they feel good.


Your cat purring isn't always synonymous of well-being, sometimes the reason why cats purr is because they feel fear, pain or even anxiety. If your cat could talk, this sound would be a cry for help, or because they need something.


We have already mentioned that purring is a form of communication. So your cat communicates this way with other cats and humans, and it's something it learns as a kitten. As a kitten it makes this sound to get what it wants or needs.

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Cats also purr to get the attention of their human owners, for example, when it's nearly dinner time or just when they want them to play with them. It is a kind of purring that serves as purpose as the cat can satisfy its needs or desires this way, and they may even modulate it with higher frequencies so that it sounds more like a a cry.


There is a curious hypothesis about why cats purr. The sound has a frequency between 25 and 150 hertz. And it has been found that when a cat purrs, their head receives a vibration in this frequency, and that activates a peculiar mechanism of body self-healing.


It is possible that purring doesn't have a biological function but is simply a warm and friendly gesture, like a wink, as a way to express love and appreciation. Either way it's a type of vocalization that we love and it's very beautiful. Doesn't your cat purr? Take a look at the possible reasons why your cat doesn't purr in this article.


Far from trying to find out all the reasons behind the question of why do cats purr, one thing is very clear and that's that this vibration has a calming effect for both the cat and for people. If you're a little nervous and your cat comes to sit with you, lose yourself in the therapeutic effect of purring.

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