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Why do cats purr? 


Most of us assume that cats purr because they are content.  It seems like a logical explanation, after all we hear them purr when their mothers nurse them or when they are being social with humans.


But on closer observation, domestic cats(purring is not completely unique to domestic cats. There are a few other members of the Felidae species that purr.)  seem to purr in stressful situations like going to the vet or when they are in pain. Some research suggests that purring can be a healing mechanism.

what makes the "purr" more distinctive than other cat sounds, such as the meow, is that is produced with the entire respiratory cycle.(Inhaling and exhaling.) The meow is limited to the expiration of breath. 

It seems likely that the purr comes from the laryngeal muscles and probably involuntary. 



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Anna
Sep 30
You sure you aren't talking about growling? When my cat was going to have an injection, he growled quietly but ominously at the doctor, which read "Don't touch me, cunt, or you will regret it.
EpicFail TITS
Oct 1
lol I am certain a growl would be a definite warning. As far as purring, I should have quoted my sources:
https://pets.webmd.com/cats/why-do-cats-purr

http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/...ior/why-do-cats-purr
lol I am certain a growl would be a definite warning. As far as purring, I should have quoted my sources:
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