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How can I tell if my cat is purring because of happiness?

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Your cat looks relaxed: Perhaps she's on her back, eyes half-closed, tail mostly still. If she's purring, it's safe to assume she's in her happy place.

That noise is a big smile.

From: Why Do Cats Purr? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Library of Congress: "Why and how do cats purr?"

ASPCA: "Cat Vocalizations."

Humane Society of the United States: "Cat Chat: Understanding Feline Language."

National Wildlife Federation: "Do cats purr? And why are there no green mammals?"

McComb, K. , July 14, 2009. Current Biology

Fauna Communications Research Institute: "The Felid Purr: A bio-mechanical healing mechanism."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 09, 2017

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SOURCES:

Library of Congress: "Why and how do cats purr?"

ASPCA: "Cat Vocalizations."

Humane Society of the United States: "Cat Chat: Understanding Feline Language."

National Wildlife Federation: "Do cats purr? And why are there no green mammals?"

McComb, K. , July 14, 2009. Current Biology

Fauna Communications Research Institute: "The Felid Purr: A bio-mechanical healing mechanism."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 09, 2017

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