Cats: What Makes Them Vibrate With Happiness?


Cats are incredibly popular pets all over the world, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about them. The most popular question regarding cats is why do cats purr?

The sound of a cat purring certainly has an effect on humans, who are often drawn to it and find it comforting or even calming.

Despite this fact, there isn’t much research that has been done on this subject, in particular, so we can only look at the existing data and make educated guesses as to why cats purr.

Luckily, science seems to have some answers!


10 Facts About Cat Purrs

Most cats purr when they’re content, whether they’re being petted, relaxing in their favorite sunbeam, or chowing down on a delicious meal. But did you know that there are actually quite a few interesting facts about this intriguing feline behavior?

Here are 10 fun things to share with your friends and family the next time the topic of cat purrs comes up! 

1) The frequency of a cat’s purr is between 25 and 150 Hz. Humans can’t hear these frequencies so we have no idea what it sounds like! 

2) Male cats don’t always produce the same kind of noise as female cats – they tend to be raspier and higher pitched than females’ smooth deep tones.

3) Cats generally use their purring for three reasons: to show contentment, as a way of communicating with other cats, and for healing purposes.

4) A recent study from the University of Sussex revealed that playing recordings of kitten-like meows reduced stress levels in both humans and animals.

5) Some veterinarians think that cats may purr because it stimulates muscles in their throat and larynx. Purring might also help loosen the phlegm trapped in a cat’s lungs, making breathing easier.

6) Cat owners have long been told that if they want to make their pets happy, all they need to do is rub them along the spine or gently scratch them behind the ears.

7) Cats aren’t the only animals who purr; some rodents and even cows also make this noise!

8) Contrary to popular belief, cats cannot retract their claws while they’re purring. 

9) If a cat’s mouth opens wide during a loud purr, it could mean one of two things: either the cat is struggling to breathe or that he has an upper respiratory infection.

10) Cats purr in a similar way to how human babies coo and scientists believe that the noises serve a similar purpose.


Why Do Cats Meow and Howl?

Cats meow and howl for a variety of reasons. They might be trying to tell you that they’re hungry or thirsty, or that they need to use the litter box.

Some cats meow when they’re excited or happy, while others do it to ask for attention. If your cat is meowing excessively, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition and you should take them to the vet.

One of the most common conditions that cause excessive meowing is hyperthyroidism. It can also mean there’s something wrong with their teeth or gums and they may be in pain.

In other cases, if your cat has developed a behavioral issue like scratching furniture or defecating outside the litter box, it might just mean they’re bored.

In these cases, give them more toys and more space to roam. Try playing interactive games with them, or rearranging the furniture so they have different routes around the house.

The key thing is not to reward unwanted behavior by giving in to demands for food or attention – this will reinforce those behaviors and make them worse!


How to Tell If a Cat Is in Pain

Although a purr is often associated with contentment, it can also be a sign that a cat is in pain. If your cat is purring more loudly or intensely than usual, it may be a sign that they’re in discomfort.

Other signs that a cat is in pain include changes in eating habits, increased vocalization, hiding, and aggression. If you think your cat may be in pain, consult your veterinarian.

As always, an early diagnosis of an illness will ensure the best prognosis for your pet. Once cats reach adulthood, many symptoms of the disease are difficult to recognize without diagnostic testing.

A painful condition might not cause any obvious change in behavior until it becomes severe. That’s why regular veterinary exams are so important for felines!


A Brief History of the Cat

The cat, or Felis silvestris catus, is a small carnivorous mammal of the Felidae family. It has been present in human households for at least 9,500 years.

The earliest record of cats comes from the island of Cyprus, where a cat was found buried with a human around 8,000 BC. In Egypt, cats were revered as gods and often mummified after death.

By the time of Christ, however, attitudes had changed considerably. When Pope Gregory IX learned that many cats had been eating rats during a plague in Europe (particularly notable during the Black Death), he denounced them as the enemy of mankind and ordained that they be killed on sight. 

In modern times, we’ve come to realize that these furry felines are actually helpful companions to humans by controlling rodent populations and keeping us company when we’re feeling lonely or scared.

Some scientists even believe that our domestication of cats saved us from extinction following the last ice age. Today, our feline friends can be found just about anywhere — even the International Space Station!


Caring for Sick Cats at Home

If your cat is purring and seems happy, there’s no need to worry. But if you notice your cat purring more than usual, it might be a sign of illness.

A normal purr will sound like a low rumble from the chest. When cats are in pain or under stress, their purrs tend to become louder. 

A fever can cause the increased production of saliva and mucus which sometimes gets mixed with blood from the damaged tissues when they cough or sneeze.

The blood has an iron content that gives it a dark color but when mixed with saliva becomes rusty-colored. Other signs of infection include a runny nose, congested breathing, and difficulty swallowing.

The best thing to do if you suspect an infection is to take your cat to the vet immediately. Usually, antibiotics are enough to get rid of the problem, but occasionally other treatments may be needed.

A fever should go away within a day or two after starting treatment so if your cat’s temperature stays high for three days, see your veterinarian.

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