Why Do  Cats Purr  When YouStroke Them?

The Discerning Cat

If your purr-fect little kitty is purring – melodious, vibrating, continuous sounds – it’s a sure sign they’re content.

The Discerning Cat

But, ever wondered, ‘why do cats purr when you stroke them’? Before we dive in, let’s answer the question, ‘how do cats purr’?

The Discerning Cat

As your feline inhales and exhales, the vibrating muscles move at 25 to 150 per second, causing a separation of the vocal cords. This produces a delightful, soothing purr.

Why do Cats Purr When You Stroke Them? The How

Felines purr for a number of reasons. Learning the body language that’s associated with purring can help ensure your furball will continue to enjoy the synergy of stroking her.

6 Reasons Why Cats Purr When You Stroke Them?

More often than not, cats purr when they are relaxed. This usually happens when you stroke them, and in this case, meaning they are happy or are feeling sociable.

1. They’re in a Happy Mood

They start to purr when they are just a few days old to serve as a contact between kitten and mother and form a bond.

2. For Kitten-Mother Connection

Purring doesn’t only mean your kitty is a blissful ball of fluff rolling on its back, sending soft rasp vibrations out for your attention. Some cats purr when they are distressed or feeling anxious.

3. It’s a Sign of Distress

Apart from feeling stressed, our kitties can also purr when they are severely ill, injured, or in pain.

4. Purr Healing Powers

Our felines may purr when you stroke them because they are feeling overstimulated. Keep an ear out for warning signs like abrasive, loud purring, biting, and other hostile actions.

5. They’re Overstimulated

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