3 Surprising Reasons Cats Purr
- 25 July 2017
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Cats have a lot of traits and characteristics that make them unique. Many of these characteristics have evolved to help cats survive. Although survival isn’t something modern domestic cats have to worry about, these behaviors can still drive what cats do on a daily basis. One example of this is scratching, which can be done to mark territory, communicate conflicted feelings, and help maintain nail health. Another example is a cat’s whiskers, which can feel wind directions, broadcast how a cat is feeling, and help with navigation.
Purring is another trait unique to cats. There are numerous reasons cats purr; here are three of the most common.
1. Helps Kittens
Purring is essential for newborn kittens to survive. Since kittens can’t see or hear when they’re first born, a mother’s purring serves as a guide for staying close to get warmth and food. Within forty-eight hours, kittens will begin purring, which allows them to communicate with their mom.
2. Useful for Healing
Although purrs are often associated with positive emotions, a cat may also make this sound when it’s stressed, in pain, or sick. This led some scientists to examine exactly why. What they discovered is the frequencies at which cats purr can promote bone healing and ease muscle pain. There’s also evidence that purring may release endorphins. These findings tie in nicely with the fact that cats are known for healing faster than other animals.
Given how relaxed cats seem to be when they’re purring, exercise probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind in terms of why they’re doing it. However, some experts believe that the vibrations created by purring have a positive effect on stimulating muscle and bones.
Not only does purring help your cat, it can be so relaxing that it can lower your blood pressure. So whether your cat is purring to show its affection, because it’s ready to eat some cat food, or for any other reason, you can fully enjoy the purr-fect time with your cat.
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