Why do cats purr?


I. Cats purr, not just for fun

The Chinese kept cats, and there is reliable documentation that about 3000 years ago when cats were already called "cats".

Of course, 3,000 years ago is only the earliest documentation found to date, and our cat-keeping history is probably much older.

More importantly, for the next 3,000 years, the cat was a symbol of mystery, both in China and around the world, and to this day, there are still various "mystery stories" about cats circulating among the people.

So everything about cats is mysterious, even the purring sound that cats make is mysterious because it has at least 3 functions.

Zoology gives a scientific explanation for cats making purring sounds.

Cats purr because there is an organ called the "neural oscillator" in the cat's body, which sends out neural signals after sensing the surrounding environment, the cat's mood, and the cat's physical condition.

After receiving the neural signal from the "neural oscillator", the vocal valve organ will open and close rapidly, causing a shift in air pressure in the valve, which resonates with the cat's breathing, resulting in air resonance, and the cat will purr.

The scientific explanation is somewhat obscure and difficult to understand, summarized in layman's terms: the cat's brain, after sensing the external environment, emotions, and physical state, will send a neural signal to the cat's voice as long as certain conditions are met, thus allowing the cat to produce a purring sound.

The meaning expressed by cat purring one: happy
There are many examples of cats purring in life, for example, when the pooper scooper strokes the cat, if done properly, the cat will purr.

For example, when the cat is stroked properly, the cat will purr if it is done properly.

For example, when a cat is comfortable in the sun, it will also purr.

So pooper scoopers have found that cats will purr when they are happy, happy, or even comfortable, and cats that have just been brought home will never purr when they are not familiar with their new home environment.

Therefore, most people think that a cat's purring is an expression of happiness, but in reality, a cat's purring can be more than an expression of happiness.

Cat purring meaning 2: Praying
In addition to expressing happiness and pleasure, cat purring has a second meaning: supplication.

When a cat has various needs, the neural oscillator will also send out neural signals, which will cause the cat to purr.

For example, when a cat is eating cat food and finds that it is out of cat food, it may yell at the pooper scooper, at which time the cat will also produce a purring sound, which is a prayer for food.

When a cat wakes up and stretches, the cat will purr and meow at the pooper scooper, which is a prayer for communication with the pooper scooper, or a prayer for petting.

Therefore, the second meaning of the cat purring is that the cat is expressing a request!

The third meaning of cat purring: healing
In addition to expressing pleasure and praying, the cat's purring also has one of the most important functions: healing.

When a cat is sick, it will purr due to pain and suffering, but the purr is not an expression of pleasure or prayer.

But the difference with human moaning is that human moaning is only used to express the emotion of pain, but the cat's purring, in addition to expressing the emotion of pain, also with a certain self-healing function.

In addition to healing itself, it can also heal its owner
What's more, the purring of cats can not only heal themselves but also heal their owners. A foreign animal behavior research institute found that the purring of cats has the effect of relieving stress, regulating breathing, relieving fatigue, and even improving heart health for humans.

This is the reason why cat owners, in general, live longer and healthier lives than people who do not own cats.

So cats purring can be more than a simple expression of happiness. In daily life, if your cat purrs at you, you should consider three aspects.

First: The cat is happy, that's why it purrs.

Second: The cat is praying to its owner for something, such as food, or communication.

Third: The cat is sick.
Rather than in the old days, as long as the cat purrs, you assume that the cat is happy.
Of course, if you have a cat, remember to interact with your cat more Oh, more to make your cat happy, the cat will purr more, purr more, and the owner will be healthier and live longer.

Why do cats purr?

II. The cat's purring is not due to sound asleep; it occurs in all three cases

Snoring is probably one of the most unacceptable behaviors we've seen, but of course, it's not worth it to yourself, after all, you can't hear yourself when you snore, but mainly when others snore, that's just impossible to sleep.

What is the common dog that will snore in the dog? It's like a French bulldog or pug with a short nasal passage, but what are the cats that will snore?

I believe this time a lot of pooper scoopers will say: all!

Then we first need to understand the cat's snoring, is this because the cat sleeps well or because of the short nasal passage like dogs?

Most cats do not snore like humans or dogs because the narrow trachea causes the airflow to pass through causing a vortex to produce abnormal sounds (Garfield and Persian cats with short nasal passages also snore with narrow nasal passages), but cats actively purr through intermittent vibrations of the laryngeal muscles and diaphragm, which means that cats purr to a large extent in non-dreaming situations. Then the cat's purr means the cat is sleeping very well this point is naturally not broken!

The reason why we feel this way is related to the cat's sleep mechanism, the cat rests for about 16 hours a day, so we can often see the cat over there purring, and sleep is also particularly bad, and hilarious.

And when the pooper scooper is close, when petting the cat can also immediately hear the sound of the cat purring, naturally take it as the cat snoring after sleep, but often the cat snoring is based on these three factors and appear!

1. Cats will snore when they feel comfortable and hungry.

This is largely a friendly and relaxed cat, because the state of the cat when alert, we can all see: all the muscles are tense, the fur at the back of the whole erect, in a state of tension, eyes contracted, but in a relaxed environment, the cat's muscles are in a relaxed state.

Experts have researched and deduced that cats can communicate with humans and other cats through their purring. When a kitten is still in its cub stage, it will purr in its mother's arms, and this purring is mainly to tell its mother: I am healthy, and I am hungry.

And when an adult cat is interacting with its owner, or when the owner talks to it and strokes it, it will express its satisfaction to its owner, and this way is also known as purring!

In addition, domesticated cats will likewise use purring to ask for food in a low purring sound coupled with a high frequency of meowing. Humans will find this purring more anxious and unhappy than usual, so the owner will achieve the desired effect by feeding or providing more responses as a means of relieving the cat's tension.

So such purring has become instinctive for many cats, and they will start to snore as soon as they are held in the arms of their pooper scooper.

2. Cats purr to relieve their physical ailments.
Cats purring under normal and abnormal conditions is different, although cats will also snore under normal conditions, the sound and frequency of the cat's snoring, when it is sick, is more urgent, but also more able to give the owner or the cat's mother a sense of alertness, it will also make this purring sound after a serious illness, after being stimulated by shock, and even when it is dying, after research, scientists have proposed The "self-soothing mechanism", which means that the cat will relieve its pain by purring incessantly at the stage of injury. The vibration stimulates the cat's neurons and then makes the cat's glands secrete hormones that reduce pain.

3. Some scientists also believe that cat snoring not only has a psychological soothing effect but also has an actual physiological therapeutic function!

According to recorded cat data, the frequency of cat purring is generally between 20 Hz and 140 Hz, and studies have found that this frequency of sound is the same as the frequency used by veterinarians when conducting treatment, for example, we use this frequency when treating human fractures to reduce pain and swelling, or treating sprains, increasing flexibility, reducing breathing difficulties, promoting femoral bone regeneration and treating wounds. Scientists explain that purring may be able to help cats effectively address some minor physical ailments, such as promoting muscle recovery, and bone rehabilitation purring can play a role!
At the same time, for under-active domestic cats, the cat's purring can bring vibration to constantly stimulate the cat's bones, which makes the feline bones extra strong, which is one of the reasons why the ancient legend says that tiger bones can make human bones hard, right?

And in the wild, when the cat's bones are traumatized, purring can also better promote the recovery of the cat's bones and is more beneficial for muscle recovery.

Therefore, when a pooper scooper finds his cat starts to snore he must distinguish the cause because cat snoring is a particularly common move, the involvement of many reasons can lead to the cat snoring situation, it is not a single factor, and the cause!
If the cat has a problem due to a disease, the best way for the pooper scooper to deal with it is to compare it with the cat's normal condition. If the snoring is found to be caused by a skeletal problem or organ disease, then the pooper scooper will treat it at the first sign of detection, which is most beneficial to the cat's health!

If the cat is hungry or lonely and needs a response from the pooper scooper, it is better to give the cat a response as soon as possible than to keep the cat waiting!

Do your cats snore too? And how do you deal with your cat's purring?
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