Why do Cats Purr?

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Why do Cats Purr?

Cats are adorable fluff balls that make for awesome pets if you know how to care for them. Unlike dogs, they don’t beg for attention and have many unusual traits. Some of the most common things that you might have noticed your cat do are scratch a bit too often and purr when you stroke them.

As a cat owner, there is nothing more amazing than having your cat rub against you and purr, stroking their thick fur feels like heaven. Although you might enjoy petting or kneading your little pet, they don’t just purr out of happiness. Rather there are a whole lot of other reasons that can make a cat purr.

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Cats are a lot more self-sufficient than dogs, but they often try to get their owners attention if they are in need and that can only be done by purring. So, cats do purr when they are very relaxed and are feeling friendly, but they also make that noise to bring to your attention that hungry, stressed, or in pain.

Tony Buffington, who is a cat expert at Ohio State University says that the reason for a cat to purr depends upon a lot of factors such as history, context, and expectation. The idea of cats just purring for one single reason is ludicrous according to him and is somewhat similar to saying that people laugh only for one reason. One often laughs at something funny, but it can also be out of feeling shy or awkward while there are those who giggle when they are nervous.

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Mother cats purr for an entirely different reason. Since they have to tend their kittens that are blind and deaf, they purr at them to lead them to safer and warmer areas where food is available. The kittens in return purr back to show they are okay. This helps the mother and babies to bond.

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The purr of the cat is also a way for them to release endorphins which are a neurotransmitter that acts like morphine and soothes the body; it also creates a feeling of happiness. This is done by the animal when it is relaxed and feeling happy. Though, often the cat also purrs when it’s in pain as the sound can calm its nerves and work like a balm on the injuries.

Have you noticed your cat purring on instances where it was neither feeling friendly or hungry? Share your feedback using the comment section below.

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