Your Cat’s Purr

Cats have many cute and lovable qualities that make them wonderful pets. One of our feline friends’ most adorable charms is the fact that these little furballs actually vibrate with happiness. Fluffy’s purr can tell you that she’s feeling relaxed and happy, and often makes her human friends feel the same way. A Wake Forest, NC veterinarian discusses cats’ purrs in this article.

Purring Basics

Kitties may have started purring as a way for mother cats to communicate with nursing kittens. Baby cats can’t meow while they’re feeding, but they can purr and nurse at the same time. While purrs may be most commonly associated with cats, many other animals also purr. Elephants, gorillas, hyenas, and even squirrels also purr, though, as one may suspect, their motors sound quite different than Fluffy’s! Many of Fluffy’s larger cousins, like cougars and cheetahs, also purr. Really big kitties, however, such as lions, typically do not purr: they tend to roar, instead. However, big cats do share their smaller cousins’ love of boxes, napping, and sunbathing.

Soothing Purr

Cats generally purr when they’re content, but they can purr at other times as well. Cats sometimes purr when they are sick or scared. This may be Fluffy’s way of calming herself in stressful situations. Think of it as a feline equivalent to a human’s nervous laughter.

The Healing Powers Of Purr

The purr is very interesting from a medical standpoint. Cats purr at frequencies around 26 hertz. This frequency has been shown to promote healing and stimulate tissue regeneration. In fact, many physical therapies incorporate vibrations at that same frequency in their practices. Our feline friends’ purrs can also help people fight stress, depression, and anxiety, simply by offering comfort. Who knows? Maybe Fluffy’s purr is a little bit magic!

Activating The Purr

One of the easiest ways to get your furball to start purring is to pet her gently as she’s relaxing and drowsy. Stroke your feline pal’s forehead, moving with the direction of the fur, and tell her she’s a pretty kitty. Of course, exact methods may vary from cat to cat. The better you get to know Fluffy, the easier it will be for you to get her little motor going.

Do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? We can help! Feel free to contact us, your local Wake Forest, NC animal hospital, anytime.

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