Wonder why your cat purrs? I do. Hearing their little “motors” makes me feel good. I asked my vet and he said they don’t really know why cats purr. I believe my cats purr because they are happy. When I pet them, they purr. I currently have 6 cats of my own and take care of 5 more and when I pet them they all purr. They like me and I like them back.
I’ve also noticed that they purr when I take them to the vet. Most of the time they are not very happy to visit the vet. I believe they are trying to calm themselves down when they do that. They are scared and need some comfort.
Kittens purr when they are nursing and their mother also purrs. I believe that is bonding and contentment. I also had a cat purr when she was giving birth. She was seeking comfort because she was in pain and stressed.
So there may be a number of reasons your cat purrs, depending on the circumstances. I have read that a cat’s purr may be a form of self healing, as it can be a sign of nervousness as well as contentment. It is believed that the frequency of a cat’s purr is the same at which muscles and bones heal themselves. Maybe that is why they say owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third. I wonder if owning multiple cats reduces it even more. For me, the evidence is leaning on that side. The more purring, the more healing. What a delightful and adorable way to heal!
There is some scientific research that proves this is true. A study by Elizabeth von Muggenthaler, a bio-acoustics specialist at Fauna Communications Research Institute, showed that the sound of cat’s purr is within the frequency range of 25 to 40 cycles per second or Hertz(Hz). Exposure to 20 to 50 Hz frequencies has been demonstrated to increases bone density, relieve pain, and even heal muscles.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, I love cats and I love to hear them purr. It makes me feel good and I want to believe it does the same for them. All cat owners know that, “a cat’s purring is relaxing and stress reducing, but science has shown it can also be physically beneficial. It’s not just the sound of purring that’s important, but the vibration it produces,” according to Lev G. Fedyniak,, MD.
Let’s make a new saying, “a purr a day keeps the doctor away,” or “take two purrs before bedtime and call me in the morning.”