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Why do cats purr?

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Cats can produce a purring noise that typically indicates that the cat is happy, but can also mean they are in distress as well, but not as often. Cats also purr among other cats—for example, when a mother meets her kittens. There were many competing theories to explain how cats purr, including vibration of the cat's false vocal cords when inhaling and exhaling, the sound of blood hitting the aorta, vibration of the hyoid apparatus, or resonation directly in the lungs. But currently, it is believed that purring is a result of rhythmic impulses to the cat's larynx.

Did you know.....:Laugh:
 
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Butterball always purrs in the morning when he's sitting on my face when I'm trying to sleep. His little belly and his paws get cold so he tries to put them on my face to warm up. Then he rubs his face on my head because I have very few hairs on my head that are really short so it's really soft.
 

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Thanks for posting this....I have always been curious as to how they do it!!
 
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Good to know!! :) I always thought it was from their breathing vibrating their diaphram,,thats what CATS 101 said!! lol
 

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My granddaughter got a kitten last week. She has a book on cats that she couldn't wait to show me. She wanted to show me the page that tells you how cats communicate with you. We both got tickled, because a lot of it does not apply to sphynx:

Fluffing out tail fur when excited - What tail hair?
Position of their whishers - What whiskers?
 
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lol Snuffie does have alittle bit of tail hair and when she is excited or in her crazy mood it stands on end and its kind of bushy,,,its funny.
 
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Hibou has the fuzzy tail too. When she is startled by a noise or the dog hers puffs up like crazy.
 
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