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The healing power of purrrrs! #tgif

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This morning Brucy couldn’t stop purring while rolling on the floor and sniffing my shoes. Despite it looking a bit strange, I must admit that cat’s purring is one of the most comforting and relaxing sounds that I have ever heard.

As it is Friday and I am sure many of you had a long week, as the best Friday-relaxation-treatment I suggest you cuddle your cat and listen to her/him purr. And further amazing wonders that cat purring does can be found in this infographic:

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Why do cats purr?

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Today’s post is all about purring. Cats often purr when they are being petted, when eating or when they are generally relaxed. Unfortunately, Brucy doesn’t purr often – she purrs only when she knows she will get chicken or when she is lying on the radiator.

How does it actually happen? Animals produce the purring sound by using their vocal cords and larynx muscles to dilate/constrict the glottis, causing air vibrations. As a result, the air inhalation and exhalation, produces the purring noise.

Interestingly enough, cats are not the only animals that purr.

According to Wikipedia (yes, I know, not the most reliable source), “viverrids (civet, mongoose, genet), bears, badgers, hyaenas, rabbits, squirrels, elephants” and lemurs also purr while eating.

Speaking of squirrels, you must watch this adorable video about a squirrel that grew up with cats and as a result learned to purr and thinks it’s a cat! Too adorable!