Why do cats purr when they're happy?

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  1. KarenCreftor profile image87
    KarenCreftorposted 5 years ago

    Why do cats purr when they're happy?


  2. tlmcgaa70 profile image74
    tlmcgaa70posted 5 years ago

    cats also purr when they are in pain. it is an expression of intense feeling, whether of emotional contentment or physical pain. it is simply the way GOD made them to be. and the purr is one of the most delightful things about a cat.

  3. sangre profile image96
    sangreposted 5 years ago

    I think if it's a happy purr then it's a way for them to show you that they love you. ♥.

  4. KarenCreftor profile image87
    KarenCreftorposted 5 years ago

    But why?? It's obviously a vibration of some sort, but where does it come from?

    Is it like us when we laugh?

    1. Lycan333 profile image60
      Lycan333posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Vets still don't know how they do it or even what part of the throat is used to make the sound.

  5. Ann1Az2 profile image66
    Ann1Az2posted 5 years ago

    I just did a small bit of research and found out that purring is unique in a cat because they purr while breathing in and out, unlike meowing which is created while breathing out. Apparently, kittens learn to purr very young and it is thought that it is a communication with the mother to tell her they are okay. Science also thinks that purring when a cat is injured or in pain may be a healing mechanism. No one really knows why or exactly how a cat purrs, but it is a very soothing sound to anyone who owns a cat.

  6. Astralrose profile image92
    Astralroseposted 5 years ago

    It's a sign of happiness, contentment and submission. We have two cats. We got Two from a restaurant so obviously she was exposed to people. One, on the other hand, was feral and never learned to like people. She has been staying with us for more than two months but we couldn't hold or carry her without struggling to escape. We can only caress her while trying to sleep with Two and when we do that, Two purrs a lot but not One. Her body just stiffens and no sound at all. She curls up as if trying to hide because she's scared.


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