The Magic of Purring


Is there any more soothing sound in the world than a cat’s purring? No matter whether you are still in diapers or piloting a wheelchair at the rest home, everyone loves the relaxing sound of a purring kitten or adult feline.

While they are remarkably cute animals, some would argue that a cat’s primary appeal is that soothing sound it emits when happy. There is just something about it that is so calming and inviting, it helps tamp down your anger after the cat shreds your favorite chair.

Surprisingly, after so many centuries and scientific advancements, we are still not entirely sure just how cats purr. We know they do it when they are content, but could there also be another reason?

As it turns out, cats sometimes also purr when they are frightened, hungry, or injured. A few large species of cats, including cheetahs and cougars, can also purr as well (imagine one of these jumping in your lap for some affection!). Purring is also apparently a way for some cats to soothe themselves during periods of stress, and they also do it to comfort other feline friends when they are injured or distressed.

Purring can also be healing — literally. High frequency sound can aid in tissue and bone regeneration/repair. Domestic cats can reach a frequency of 26 Hertz when purring, which is within that sound range.

So, the next time a dog lover goes on about how wonderful a wagging tail is, counter with how a cat’s purr can easily beat it by being so helpful in other areas as well! A purring feline represents contentment in its most basic and appealing form and is the sort of selfless, uncomplicated love that prompts some people to accept cats into their families as valued members on the level of their own children.