A cat’s purr is something recognized by both cat lovers and those that don’t own cats. Seemingly half noise, half vibration, purring is often regarded as a sign that a cat is happy. However, veterinarians and scientists know only little about why cats purr, as well as when they do.
Here are a couple of interesting things for you to ponder about your cat’s purr.
- Cats purr almost as soon as they are born. In as little as a day or two, kittens begin to purr and many vets believe this is a way of communicating with the mother. In addition, it’s believed that the mother cats will purr to their kittens, almost as a lullaby.
- We typically associate purring with happiness, but cats will also purr after being hurt or while in pain. Speculation has always been that this is the cat’s way of soothing itself, but more and more research is suggesting that the vibrations caused by purring can actually speed up the healing the process. This research has shown a stimulation in bone regeneration in cats.
- It’s not just domestic house cats that purr. Cheetahs and cougars also purr, but many more well known big cats such as tigers, lions and jaguars do not. I’m going to leave that one to the scientists as I’m not getting close enough to verify!