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What Makes Your Cat Purr?

What Makes Your Cat Purr?


Are you a crazy cat person or do you
just like cats in general or maybe you think they’re cute? If so, you’re going to like
this video, I’m Nick welcome to All Our Questions where I search the internet for
questions that we all want answers to and I answer them. Today’s question is, why do
cats purr? We’re gonna find out and we’re starting right now! Cats purr by vibrating their larynx and
diaphragm muscles over three hundred times per second while allowing air to
pass over them. All domesticated cat species purr but the larger feline animals like
lions and tigers do not, they actually roar instead with the exception of the
cheetah. By observing cats in the wild and domestic environments, scientists have
concluded that cats purr not only when they’re happy but for a whole range of
different reasons. Primarily purring is a form of communication and a way for a cat
to express it’s different emotional states to others. The human equivalent would be smiling,
for a dog it’s wagging its tail and if you have other examples of this with other
animals feel free to leave them in the comments below to share with the rest of
us so we can know too. Purring also releases endorphins which can block pain
signals from traveling from the nerves to the brain and can also provide a state of
euphoria for your furry feline friend. Perhaps the most significant use of
a cats ability to purr is during childbirth when the mother is in labor
they actually purr and that triggers the brain to release endorphins which are
going to have a calming and pain reducing effect for the cat. Then when her kittens have
been born the mother cat purrs and this leads the kittens to her where they
can find warmth and milk, this is essential for the kittens survival
because once they come out, initially they’re blind and deaf for awhile but they
can actually feel the vibration of the mother… which is a pretty cool built-in
mechanism if you ask me, go nature! We’re used to hearing cats purr when they’re
happy but cat owners may notice that their cats also purr when they’re seeking
food and the purr sometimes sounds slightly different. This is because cats can
actually change the frequency of their purr which is a technique that they
actually developed from birth. Cats begin pouring when they’re just two days old. They
do this to inform the mother when they’re hungry or when they’re content and
of course they also carry that trait on through to their adulthood. Cats have
also been known to purr when they’re in danger or when they have sustained an injury
of some kind. The thought behind this is that they
do it because of the soothing effects and the pain-relieving effects of the
endorphins, kind of like you or I might do when we’re getting a shot or, you know,
when we know some type of pain is coming, you know what I mean. Most astoundingly
the cats purr is thought to increase the strength of its bones, how is this even
possible you might ask? Well we all know that cats have a reputation for
inactivity, in fact I think we can all agree that most cats would be happy to
spending the day napping. Even wild cats spend a lot of their time stationary or
slowly stalking prey and this is a problem when it comes to bone strength
as they become weak and brittle. The frequency at which cats purr, which is
around 25 hertz, has been shown to increase bone density and it’s been
shown to encourage faster healing. In fact, vibration therapy at this frequency
is used to treat human bone damage as well. Who knew? If you enjoyed this video
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