The Cat’s Purr – Talking about Good Vibrations

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A cat’s purr is surely one of the best things about owning a cat – there is nothing quite like snuggling up with your cat and feeling its contented vibrations thrumming through its body.

Most people think that a cat merely purrs when it is feeling contented. In fact, there are a whole lot of reasons that a cat will purr.

Reasons for a Cat’s Purr

There are many different reasons that your cat may purr:

  • When they are relaxed and happy.
  • When they are scared – a cat will often purr when it is trying to self-soothe while under stress.
  • Mother cats often purr when they feed their kittens as a way to communicate and transmit their affection for their young.

Physiology of the Purr

The cat’s purr originates in the feline’s voice box (larynx) when the vocal chords and diaphragmatic muscles work together to create a continuous vibration as it breathes in and out.

Cat’s purring noises measure between 25 and 150 hertz and there is evidence that this noise can be used therapeutically.

Many people have positive results when using the purring of a cat to aid sleep disturbances or difficulty falling asleep.

Some people now even use artificial cat’s purr white noise apps to fall asleep!

The Thera-purr-tic Effect

There are various potentially therapeutic effects of a cat’s purr. There is evidence that the gentle vibration of the purr:

  • can aid healing of soft tissue injuries to ligaments, tendons and muscles
  • reduces stress levels
  • reduces blood pressure
  • boosts immune system function
  • calms nervous anxiety.

A cat’s purr is a truly soothing sound that can bring a sense of tranquillity both felines and cat lovers alike.

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Author: Mindy Jamison

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