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How can I tell if my cat is purring because of relief and healing?

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Even though purring takes energy, many cats purr when they get hurt or are in pain, so what makes the effort worth it?

It might simply be a way for a cat to soothe itself, like a child sucks their thumb to feel better, but some research suggests that purring actually helps cats get better faster. The low frequency of purrs causes a series of related vibrations within their body that can:

This might explain why cats are able to survive falls from high places and tend to have fewer complications after surgeries than dogs.

  • Heal bones and wounds
  • Build muscle and repair tendons
  • Ease breathing
  • Lessen pain and swelling

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 May 5, 2019

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 May 5, 2019

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