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Why Do Cats Purr?

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Cats purr because they are happy and content. They also purr when they are in pain or scared, to comfort themselves.

Purring is a form of self-healing and self-comforting that can be beneficial to both the cat and the person living with it. It has been found that cats that were adopted from shelters and had experienced trauma became more at ease after receiving regular doses of purring!

How Does Purring It Work?

Purring is the way the cat communicates with the world. It is also one of the most ancient forms of communication that we know of. The sound of purring indicates that the cat is content and happy with its circumstances, but it can also indicate other things at times.

The cat’s purr is created by their larynx, diaphragm and muscles, vibrating 20-50 cycles per second to produce a rumbling sound. The frequency of this vibration creates a soothing sound which could be heard up to 100 feet away from the cat!

What Are The Different Purring Patterns For Cats?

Cats are known for their unique purring patterns. Cats purr at different rates to show their moods.

There are two major types of cat purring: the continuous and the interrupted. Continuous purring is when cats purr continuously at a constant rate throughout the entire time that they are breathing in and out. Interrupted or broken purrings are when cats will stop for a moment in between, usually after each breath they take.

Cats also use their loud, low purr as an undercurrent to other vocalizations like hissing or growling.

Do Cats Purr When They’re Happy?

Scientists say that purring is not associated with happiness in cats. Cats purr in times of stress, pain, and emotional upheaval in their lives.

So if you want to make your cat purr louder or more often, there is but one way to do it. You need to make the cat feel secure and happy.

What Does The Purring Of Cats Mean?

Purring is one of the most distinctive sounds that cats make. Cats will purr when they are happy, relaxed or even when they are sick.

When cats are asleep, their purr is often lower in volume and more irregular than when they are awake. Female cats might have louder or deeper voices than male cats, but this can depend on a number of factors such as breed and age.

The Evolutionary Reason For Why Do Cats Purr

Purr frequency can determine if a cat is content or not. Cats purr at a frequency of 25-150 Hz while humans produce speech in the range of 65-90 Hz.

A cat’s purr sound is so unique that it can identify an individual cat. This is especially true when identifying kittens from their mother since they have the same purring frequency.

It’s possible that cats are so good hunters because they are social creatures. We know that cats will hunt in groups with other cats instead of opting to hunt alone.