Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Inappropriate Purring

FOR cat lovers purring is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. Who doesn't love a cuddle with a beloved pet who is purring contentedly?

But a purring cat is not necessarily a happy cat. Most owners know that cats also purr when they are in pain. Now "inappropriate purring" has been identified when a cat is trying to relax itself in times of distress.

According to Pets4Homes, inappropriate purring can confuse pet owners who are wondering why their cats are ‘singing’ during an examination by a vet or when they have a protective cone over their head.

A female cat may purr while giving birth to a litter of kittens but this isn’t to identify that she is relaxed or content, it’s to keep herself and her kittens calm and is a unique self protective mechanism.
The purring helps the cat to block out outside sounds so all they hear is their own sound as a vibration through their bodies as well as aurally. This is why cats may purr when there are outside stimulus such as loud fireworks.

Cats will also soothe themselves when they are ill or very old by purring. However, it is important to remember than inappropriate purring is pretty uncommon and there will more than likely be other signs and symptoms that something is amiss too as well as just the sound that the cat is making.

Cats will purr to show you affection far more often than they will purr to say something is wrong so while the extra knowledge and vigilance is necessary, don’t let it take away any of the comfort your pet’s purr brings to you both.

If you suspect there is more to your cat's purring than contentment, a trip to the vet may be in order.

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  1. What a great mechanism for self soothing.

  2. Our one cat would always purr when she was uncomfortable, like combing her or cutting her nails. She was a nervy freaky cat and unfortunately very overweight. We lost hr, unexpectedly Dec 1st. I wonder if she had something else going on and maybe she did because of her purring...makes me fell bad

  3. My first Maine Coon, Bob, only purred when he was ill. Maggie has trouble, now. Her breathing is bad.

  4. It is interesting that cats will purr for so many reasons.

  5. I never knew that before. It is many years since I lived with a cat, but I certainly always associated purring with content. Useful to know that it is not always so.

  6. It's true...us cats purr for other reasons than just that we're content. A lot of times we purr to calm ourselves.

  7. This explains a lot with our, Now deceased pussy cat, Mia. We rescued her and she was obese. As a result, she could not clean herself and we had to shave her down, you know, to get rid of the "christmas ornaments" as my hubby called them. Every time we did this she would purr and then lick herself. We knew she was not happy about what was going on but couldn't understand why she purred. It makes perfect sense that she was stressed so she purred to calm herself down and to tune out the hair machine (which, by the way, my hubby uses to shave his head..obviously after cleaning it but ughhh).


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