Why do cats purr? Many have compared the cat’s purr to the human smile and people smile for a variety of reasons. We smile when we are happy, nervous or unsure, we sometimes do it when trying to make someone else feel comfortable. It’s the same with the purr as well. Our kitties purr when they are happy but also they use it for self-soothing and it’s been recorded they purr when nervous, sick, in pain or even when close to death.
It has also been said that the purr has healing benefits. This is because their purrs fluctuate between 20-140 Hz, a frequency range which has been proven to be medically therapeutic. These perfect purrs help lower stress and blood pressure in cats and human alike. So if you’re feeling a bit down or under the weather, why not have a go at purring – you never know it might make you feel better!