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Does your cat purr? Here’s why!

Have you ever wondered why the cat purrs? That “strange” muttering whose meaning is often unknown to us?

Unconsciously the purring is the reply, the response, that the mother provides to her own puppies that call her back. It is, therefore, a sort of signal with which the mother realizes that the little ones are well, and at the same time they signal that they have eaten and are quiet. In short, the purring corresponds to a very delicate and intimate moment in the relationship between the cat and the surrounding environment and is associated with a feeling of relaxation and tranquility.

However, not all purring can be traced back to the aforementioned status. Sometimes, in fact, this muttering is a sign of discomfort, and it is not uncommon for purrs to be produced in a state of illness or, even worse, when the cat is about to say hello.

Finally, a curiosity: cats are the only cats that manage to purr with their mouths shut, without altering their breathing. The motivation is due to the false vocal cords, two membranes located in the larynx, behind the true vocal cords, which can be activated voluntarily. According to other scholars, on the other hand, the purrs are produced thanks to the turbulence in the bloodstream of the vena cava, the one that brings blood to the heart: every time the cat arches its back the vein generates a flow similar to whirlwinds, near the liver and the diaphragm.

Why are cats sleepyheads?

All those who are lucky enough to have a cat at home know how high their passion for … sleep is! Cats love to sleep in isolated and quiet (possibly, hot) places, even managing to rest for over 15 hours (often, in two distinct sessions, day and night)!

But why is the cat so sleepy? The answer is to be found in the nature of this animal, which has an innate predatory instinct that is mainly activated from sunset onwards. It follows that, although the cat has now adapted to home life, the cat prefers to sleep for most of the day and, subsequently, reactivate its sensors at the end of the day, when its ancestors used to go out to hunt.

Moreover, considering that cats always need to reactivate their predatory instincts, avoiding going from hunters to victims, you will notice that the cat more than sleeping of a deep sleep, “rests” by dozing, with a position that is always favorable to need to keep the surrounding environment under control and, if there was an opportunity, propose a sudden burst towards the intruder or towards an escape route .

As for the variations during his life, the need for the rest of the cat will increase proportionately with his advancing age or in the presence of a puppy of a few weeks. So don’t be alarmed if your kitty sleeps more than your human habits: it’s completely normal and predictable!

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