Throughout my life I have encountered many cats, as most people do. I had always noticed how much (most) cats enjoyed being rubbed and pet, that I could feel and hear them purr. Was that their way of communicating their happiness? What caused them to purr?
A cats purr is multifaceted, as it doesn’t just have one meaning behind it. It can mean a wide array of different things. It helps communicate their emotions. For most of us, it gives of the impression that the cat is content or happy when they purr, but that is not always the case. This is why the purr has been compared to a human smile. We tend to smile when we’re happy, but also when we feel uncomfortable, or even nervous. Whatever emotions hide under our smile, it lies under a cats purr as well. Purring is also used as a way to heal for cats. The frequency of a purr usually is in the range of 25 to 150 Hz, which is actually the frequency for physical healing and bone mending. I for one, though that was strange. I didn’t know that sound could provide healing (as in physical healing). So while they purr they are actually going through a healing process that benefits them. Cats purr’s also help us. Their purr gives us a sense of happiness since we assume them to be happy, and that in turn lowers our blood pressure and calms of our the stressors we face.