What Allows A Cat To Purr ?

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What Allows A Cat To Purr ?


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Purring in cats is an integral part of their communication system, and it is the sound that is produced by a cat while the mouth is closed. The reason that cats purr is that they have two vocal cords. The second vocal cord under the main one, strums out the purring sound by clicking.

According to animal behaviorists, the real reason why cats purr is to give a kind of signal or communication with the other cats, usually the kitten to the mother cat and vice versa. When the mother cat purrs, it could be to reassure the kitten that she will take care of everything.

Cats also tend to purr when they happy and content, and also when they are disturbed and feel traumatized. All domestic cats can purr, right from while giving birth that could signal the arrival of a happy moment or simply as a relaxation technique or while nursing the kittens or even when a human is holding or petting a cat. The mood of the cat determines the intensity of the purr. It could be a broken sound or a deep growl or even a high pitched trill.

However, of late, there have been many reasons seen for a cat’s purrs. A new theory says that during purring, natural analgesics called endorphins are released that act as a pain reliever during the healing process. Some see purring as a sign of increased blood flow. Animal behaviorists also say that cats purr to relieve themselves from stress. Purring can also be a communication of friendliness with fellow cats or giving out the signal that they want to come closer. Even during their impending deaths, some cats purr. But one thing is certain, purring happens only when the cats want to purr and not otherwise.

Cats are a part of the therapy animals group, that is animals that help in convalescing sick patients in hospitals. Animal behaviorists say that the purring of cats could help lower blood pressure in older people in particular and give a sense of well being.

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