Why Do Cats Purr?

What makes cats purr? We walk you through why cats purr and what it means for your family feline.

What makes cats purr? We walk you through why cats purr and what it means for your family feline.

When you hear purring, you probably think your cat is happy and content. That's often true, but there are lots of other reasons cats purr – and not all of them are positive.

Most of the time, purring is the cat equivalent of the human smile: We smile when we're happy – but also when we're nervous or unsure of the situation. Cats might even purr if they feel threatened.

Respond to your animal in a reassuring way when she's purring. Pet your cat or let her sit in your lap. It's not only good for her, studies have shown it's a stress-reliever for you, too. So take time with your cat when she purrs, and you can both enjoy the benefits.

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