Cats normally purr while eating or when becoming relaxed and contented, so whatever makes your cat really happy should encourage purring. Here are 10 things you can try at home to make your cat purr:
- Offer her a favourite treat or food.
- Make her aware of your company by talking to her gently.
- Give her catnip (either a toy stuffed with the herb, a catnip potted plant or dry catnip).
- Invite her to sit on your lap.
- Allow her to sleep next to you in bed or lie on your chest.
- Stroke her face or back.
- Turn your cat on her back and rub her tummy (some cats don’t like their tummies touched, so if yours is one of those, she obviously won’t purr).
- Play her favourite game or encourage play with her favourite toy.
- Scratch her at the end of her back, just before the place where her tail starts.
- Allow her to rub her face against your legs.
- All species of cats purr, but loudness and tone vary between species.
- Domestic cats purr in a frequency of 25 to 150 vibrations per second.
- Other animals such as raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, lemurs, elephants and gorillas also purr.
- Cats produce the purring sound by twitching the muscles in their larynx, causing air vibrations during inhalation and exhalation.
- Female cats sometimes purr while giving birth.
- Some scientists believe a cat purrs when she is offering friendship or when she wants to let you know that she is not posing a threat.
This article appeared in the May 2014 issue of Animaltalk Magazine. For subscription information visit coolmags.com
Text: Johann Theron
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