Shakira asked in PetsCats · 3 weeks ago

Why do cats purr?

Update:

Do dogs purr?

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  • al
    Lv 4
    3 weeks ago
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    Purring (and many other low-frequency vocalizations in mammals) often are associated with positive social situations: nursing, grooming, relaxing, being friendly. More likely, though, purring is simply soothing, or self-soothing, as cats may also purr in stressful situations.

    Dogs don't purr!!!

  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    They purr for 2 reasons - contentment (being happy) or they are in pain from an injury or sickness.

    Dogs are unable to purr.  Only cats purr.

  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    They purr from pleasure, but also just to confuse us some cats purr when they are stressed or in pain.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    They do it when they are happy and contented. Dogs do not purr and cats do not bark. Different kinds of animals make different sounds.

    • Ocimom
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      There is a video of a cat that sounds like its barking.  When the cat turns around to see the owner the bark changes back to a meow.  Look it up :)

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Some theories include: happiness/contentment; anxiety, a way to calm down; to calm restless kittens, in the case of a mother.  Cats have been heard purring in the last few minutes before dying.  

    Some dogs, raised by a cat "mother", pick up the habit of growling quietly as an imitation of purring.  Since purring and meowing use different vocal chords and dogs only have one set of chords, it doesn't quite sound the same.

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