Owners of experienced cats are well aware that there is no more effective antidepressant in the world than a cat purring on the owner’s lap. Continuous cozy sounds, reminiscent of a running motor, cats begin to publish from early childhood. So why is the cat purring? For the cat itself, purring is not only a way to touch the owner, but also a special signaling system. With it, they exchange information. Tiny blind kittens purr loudly from pleasure while feeding, managing to suck, swallow and purr at the same time.
Hearing their murmur, cat-mother is convinced that the children are full, healthy and satisfied. She herself, with her purr, in turn, informs her offspring that she is nearby and ready to protect them from all troubles and dangers.
When adult cats communicate with each other, purring serves as an expression of friendly intentions and an invitation to play. Sometimes cats purr during a showdown to relieve aggression and pacify an adversary. Communicating with a person, a cat in this way expresses his sympathy for him, emphasizing his dependence and defenselessness in front of him. Purring may also mean gratitude for attention and affection.
There are many amazing properties of cat purring. For example, zoologists have noticed that a cat purrs not only in a state of satisfaction and contentment, but also experiencing severe pain, suffering or fright. Thus, she calms and anesthetizes herself, and can live for quite some time.
The riddle of cat purring
It’s hard to believe, but in the high-tech twenty-first century, cat’s purring still presents an unsolved mystery to scientists, it is not known for certain why the cat purrs. Zoologists still argue about the nature of this phenomenon. It is not clear with what organ the cats manage to publish these iridescent roulades, not only on exhalation, but also during inspiration. It is believed that the reason for everything is the vibration of the thin hyoid bones located near the vocal cords.
Another hypothesis explains the purring of cats with increased blood circulation during emotional outbursts, as a result of which the chest and respiratory throat begin to vibrate. Vibrations resonate in the bosoms of the skull, and we hear specific rattling at the output. But no theory has yet to find indisputable confirmation. It is only known for certain that not all representatives of the cat family are able to purr. Large predatory cats – lions, tigers, leopards – are deprived of this gift, they can only grow menacingly and scared, terrifying the inhabitants of the surrounding forests.
One way or another, melodic and measured feline “singing” has an extremely beneficial effect on the human condition – it warms the heart, helps to distract from the problems of modern life, relieve stress and find peace of mind.