The purpose of cat purring is unknown. It may be for the same reasons humans purr – to relieve stress and anxiety, or to communicate. Cat purring has been thought to be a form of self-healing and communication for cats, as well as a way of calming and rejuvenating their bodies. The purring sound is made up of frequencies that range from 20Hz to 150Hz, some of which have been shown to promote bone growth and harden bones in response to pressure. Other frequencies may have other effects on the tissues.
The sound of a cat’s purring comes from the hyoid apparatus, which supports the larynx and tongue. It is partially made of cartilage, but in a purring cat it is 100 percent bone. The same mechanism may also be involved in the purring sound in some other species, including lynx, cheetah, serval, and lion.
The sound of a cat’s purr is a highly soothing and soporific, and acoustical analysis has shown that the “cry” component has been removed. A purring cat will generally purr when it is in company, which is why it is a common sign of social pleasure. This is because adult cats purr most often in company. It has evolved to become a reliable method for attracting human companions.
Unlike dogs and humans, cats do not have the ability to speak words, so they communicate with their environment through body language and noises. Hence, their purring is a way to bond with their human family and to express their emotions. It is therefore important to understand the purpose of a cat’s purr. So, why do cats purr? And how can you use this information? Here are a few reasons why your cat purrs.