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violet0019 asked on 03/19/05 - CATS, PURRING, reasons why? Are they the only animals that purr?

A kid asked me why cats purr. I know because they are very content, but dogs are content also, but do not purr, so WHY DO CATS PURR? and, are there any other animals on earth that purr other than cats? THANKS

PLUTUS1947 answered on 03/20/05:

Hello violet0019,

A lot of people think that the reason a cat purrs is because it is happy. This is not normally the case.

Kittens are born blind and deaf, but the vibrations of their mother's purring is a physical signal that the kittens can feel. It acts as a homing device, signaling them to nurse.

Kittens begin purring at about one week old; then it's a signal to the mother cat that they're getting their milk and are content.

An deep purr can indicate that a cat is in pain or distress. Female cats will purr when in labor. Cats may purr in fear or anxiety. They will also purr in anticipation of being fed or stroked.

Curiously, scientists tell us that a cat never purrs when alone, however to try to prove/disprove this we would need a recording device.

Some big cats also purr but normally only those who cannot roar.

I believe that raccoons' are also able to purr.

I hope this helps.

My thanks to:

for the extra information.

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