Why Do Cats Purr?

Our cats have their own ways of telling us they love us – in some way or another. Purring is one way our cats communicate with us, but have you ever wondered why do cats purr? Although it might sound like a strange noise, there is a good reason for the addition.

Starting at the brain

Did you know that a cat’s purr starts at their brain? There is a special part of their mind that sends signals to the laryngeal muscles. They then vibrate at around 25 to 150 vibrations per second, and it how the purr is started. The vocal cords separate and move with each inhale and exhale. However, there are a whole host of reasons that cats actually purr.

A nervous purr

It’s thought that a cat’s purr is mostly like our smile. We smile when we’re happy, right? However, many of us smile when we feel nervous or uneasy. This is why many of our cats purr when we head to the vet, even if they don’t like the experience. Thankfully, they also purr when they are getting love and cuddles from their owner if they enjoy the experience.

A roar or a purr

Believe it or not, but a cat that purrs can’t roar – and a cat that roars can’t purr. That’s all thanks to the way their larynx works as the larynx of cats that roar is a lot stiffer and can’t vibrate as much. However, there’s a good reason they can’t purr. This is because most cats that roar spend their time protecting their territory and living in a pride. This great noise helps to keep others away and their family safe.

Communication is key

As well as having a host of other reasons that cats purr, some researchers also believe that cats purr to communicate with one another and their human friends. There have been many studies that show a cat’s purr can lower our blood pressure and stress levels, and our cats might feel more relaxed around us as a result. Purring could be a happy cycle that cats share with their owners.

Keeping healthy

As if everything else wasn’t enough, it turns out that cats could purr to keep themselves healthy. Yes, all of those years out in the wild has helped our cats learn how to make sure they grow up fit and strong. One researcher says that cats purr between 24 and 140 vibrations per second. This is the perfect amount for healing any wounds, pain relief, and bone growth throughout their body. This theory could be backed up by the fact that some cats in the wild also purr instead of roar.

It turns out there is a lot more to a cat’s purr than meets the eye. They might be small, but our cats are mighty – and many of them have a purr to match. As if that wasn’t enough, they aren’t the only animals in the animal kingdom to purr, but they’re the ones that we get to enjoy every day.

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