An animal revered in ancient culture, then feared in medieval times, sometimes close to woman, sometimes to an evil being, the cat is now a faithful companion of man. From Baudelaire and Bukowski, who surrounded and inspired him to pop stars like Taylor Swift. We love the little ball of hair! Her gentle caresses, her comforting company, her daily routine and of course her almost musical purrs. Today we will take a look at a very curious question, especially why do cats purr?
Purring – a demystified riddle
This subtle buzz so characteristic of domestic cats is not as clean as it is on its own. In their wild cousins - tigers, lions, jaguars – the purring noise is rather rare or non-existent. Except at birth! In reality, the kitten starts purring shortly after birth. In these first days of her life, the whisper is interpreted as a sign of a tacit bond that is initiated between the mother and her babies. At the service of their breastfeeding first and foremost once the cocoon is gone, at the service of an interlingual communication between the cat and his dear companion – the man. Because you probably know – with cats, it’s always hard to identify the one who plays the role of the master.
Purring – a skill that is acquired in the early days
But how come a cat is able to make such a sound. In fact, you did not answer this question unequivocally! Scientists involved in the study of this phenomenon are making various assumptions about the mechanism by which these vibrations are produced. Whether it’s an elastic ligament connecting the throat to the collarbone or a rapid contraction of the larynx, the most important thing is to know how to interpret these signals. And we hurry to reassure you, because the daily purring is more of a sign of well-being than of discomfort. Find the more detailed information là-de-dessus in the following lines.
The mechanism of purring
Why do cats purr?
To express their contentment
The purring cat is a happy cat. You’ve probably noticed that your feline friend starts producing the sound of contentment when it comes to hugs, caresses, and any form of attention from his human. Same for the moments when the cat is spoiled by his favorite treat.
Le chat purrs when it’s content
To communicate with man
The authoritarian nature of cats is already mentioned. In this sense, know that they also have a habit of purring when they have a need to satisfy. This is, so to speak, their way of hanging on to you, drawing your attention, and making you act for their benefit.
When you need communication
Reduce stress and anxiety
Apart from the small moments of happiness, purring is sometimes the case when the cat feels uncomfortable. This is especially the case when the cat is experiencing stress of any kind, whether it is or is in a state of anxiety. So if none of the purring reasons listed below can explain your cat’s unusual behavior, consider studying his or her environment. This, in order to identify the environmental factors, likely to be a source of stress for your chat.
To combat the stress of everyday life
To relieve his own aches and pains
And if our four-legged friend knows how to calm down when he has zero morale, the benefits of purring go far beyond that. As amazing as it may sound, their own vibrational frequency is suspected to have self-healing properties. Sound waves seem to exert this effect especially on the musculoskeletal system. So be aware that a cat that purrs incessantly could actually heal an injury, fracture, or other problem of a similar nature.
The effect of cat purring on humans
So useful for the cat itself, nude purring is no less so on humans. Carrying the same therapeutic effects in humans, the noise in question would also have a beneficial effect on the healing of a human fracture. Apart from that, it contributes to soothing and mental calm. Hence, the emergence of rhonontotherapy – a therapeutic method based on the benefits of feline sound frequencies on humans. The latter are supposed to stimulate the production of serotonin and thus reduce stress levels.
Why doesn’t my cat purr?
Eh voilà full of reasons to explain this feline habit. Also, do you have to worry if a cat doesn’t make its own sound? In most cases no! If you’ve never heard your cat purr, here are some simple explanations. Either way, his purring is all deaf and soft. Either way, his mother was unable to pass on that ability to him for some reason (early separation, for example). In other words, it has a “slightly purring” character. Note that this may also be a simple change of habit that comes over the years. The only reason to worry – when the purring stops abruptly, it could suggest discomfort. In this case, a visit to the doctor is highly recommended.
A cat that does not purr is not necessarily a sad cat