whu do cats purr... accordin to scientific american
September 20, 2008 12:32am CST
Over the course of evolution, purring has probably offered some selective advantage to cats. Most felid species produce a "purr-like" vocalization. In domestic cats, purring is most noticeable when an animal is nursing her kittens or when humans provide social contact via petting, stroking or feeding. Although we assume that a cat's purr is an expression of pleasure or is a means of communication with its young, perhaps the reasons for purring can be deciphered from the more stressful moments in a cat's life. Cats often purr while under duress, such as during a visit to the veterinarian or when recovering from injury. Thus, not all purring cats appear to be content or pleased with their current circumstances. This riddle has lead researchers to investigate how cats purr, which is also still under debate.
20 Sep 08
well actually, it is said that cats purr when they are hungry and i agree with that because i own a cat myself and I've noticed it. Its not that they don't purr the rest of the time but the sound becomes louder when they begin to feel hungry or lack of sleep !!!!!!!!!