According to new studies cats don't just purr when they are happy but when they are distressed or afraid. We always thought is was when their FourFriends arrived.
Purring is not only a method of communication, but is also a defence mechanism and a way of keeping calm in stressful or painful situations. This could be whe visiting the vets.
Since kittens are born blind and deaf, they require vibrations from purring to communicate with their mother and littermates.
According to the latest research, low frequency of a cat's purr causes a series of vibrations inside their body that can ease breathing, heal injuries and build muscle, while acting as a form of pain relief.
It would seem there are health benifits for us cat owners as well. Cat owners are at a 40% lower risk of a heart attack and lower blood pressure after interacting with cats and hearing their soft purrs.
Interestingly, cats that purr cant roar and cats that roar can't purr, because of the small bones found inside the vocal cords, which in roaring cats, is a flexible bone.
Researchers have also indentified a new purr called the solicitation purr, which alters the normal purr into a more urgent cry like sound, which is similar to that of a crying baby, so that we instinctively want to help.
In fact, beyond just purrs there are thought to be about 16 sound patterns in the cat lexicon, including meows, hisses, and shrieks to convey aggressions.
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