Cheetah, wild-cat, and serval, all found in Africa, purr.
Lions roar, and leopards saw, but neither purr.
Whether a cat purrs or not has to do with the structure surrounding
their voice box.
When I’m not feeling well, my cat Busty lays on my chest, purring.
I’m not sure if it’s purposeful on her part, but it sure feels good.
The purring sound is calming and provides a generally therapeutic vibration
for both the purring cat and anyone listening.
What’s amazing is the 25 Hz frequency of the cat’s purr is the same frequency used
in physical therapies to help human’s wounds heal faster.
The other day after an extra strenuous thirteen-mile hikemy dog Zia laid on the floor exhausted and shaky.
Watching Zia’s muscles twitch,
my friend noticed my concern and said,
“she’s probably dehydrated and overly exhausted. “
Then Busty the cat, who has never before lay near Zia, tucked herself against Zia’s belly
and stayed there purring for almost twenty five minutes.
By the time Busty finished, Zia was no longer twitching.
Like a dogs nose for cancer, do cats know when someone needs their purring vibrations?
Even Raccoons purr
A few relatives of the wild cats – civets, genets, mongooses – also purr.
Even hyenas, guinea pigs, and raccoons can purr.
The cat’s purr I would most like to hear is a wild cheetah.
I would also love to hear a raccoon purr.
Which cat purr (or other animal) would you most like to hear?
Front photo credit: Gene Tremblay