why cats purr?

@jimmysun (401)
China
January 6, 2009 11:49pm CST
Always I find my cats purr when they find nothing to do,I think they are enjoy the life with us, they content and happy and so they purr, but someone tell me it' wrong they said the cats purr coz they are tense? I confused, who can tell me the answer...
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@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
7 Jan 09
Hi, the way I always understood is that cats purr because they are happy and content and not tense. I have seen my own cat tense and he was not purring but hissing,swatting ,growling and had his back arched like he was geting ready to attack.That's a new one...cats purring because they are tense...not likely.
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@jimmysun (401)
• China
7 Jan 09
yeah...agree with you, cats purring not they are tense but happy and content
@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
7 Jan 09
Hi there Jimmy Sun. In most cases they purr for themselves rather than to please us - the reasons may consist of fear as they try to relax them self with purring, or when they are happy (that's when you actually pet them and they start purring all of a sudden).
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
7 Jan 09
My cat purrs every day and he purrs a lot when I pet him, he's just a purring machine lol.
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@jimmysun (401)
• China
8 Jan 09
yeah...right.when I pet them,they seem to enjoy the moment very much and begin to purr;and sometime they just lie on the bed and being together to purr...
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
7 Jan 09
Well I cant say exactly why but Iv read in a cat magazine that cats have been known to purr for more then one reason they purr when there happy and in some cases they purr when in distress I read that there are many reasons that cats purr.
@jimmysun (401)
• China
7 Jan 09
yes...there will be many reasons that they purr and we can not give an exactly reason...
@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
7 Jan 09
I don't think it's really known exactly WHY cats purr, but I do know they start to purr when they are being pet and as they start to relax and also when they eat
@jimmysun (401)
• China
7 Jan 09
Cats purring is hard to know well for human beings, but whatever cats are pets they have their own lifestyles
@May2k8 (3619)
• Indonesia
7 Jan 09
My cats shocked when their don't know what their see, they always happy and learn about something strange. I don't know what must i say ....