The Soothing Sound of a Purring Cat

This morning I woke to find June Buggie lying on my chest purring loudly. Immediately a feeling of peace washed over me.

How is that?

June Buggie works his zen magic on Rumpy too.
June Buggie works his zen magic on Rumpy too.
Purring happens when cats contract both their laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. That’s how they can purr while inhaling and exhaling. Purring happens at low frequencies of between 25 and 150 hertz. This frequency is considered calming toward other cats. It’s why cats purr to let other cats know it’s OK to approach, and why mama cats purr to soothe their babies. Kittens begin to purr within the first week of life. The purrs helps solidify the mother/child bond.

Did you know that purring can also help cats soothe and even heal themselves and each other? True! The low frequency of purring has found to heal bones and wounds, build muscle and repair tendons, ease breathing and lessen pain and swelling. It’s thought that cats purr when stressed to soothe themselves.

June Buggie is the master of calm.
June Buggie is the master of calm.
Humans also benefit from all that good stuff. People who live with cats are 40% less likely to suffer a heart attack. Cats purring lowers our blood pressure, helps us heal, and lowers stress. Broken bone? You want your cat nearby and purring. The frequency of the purrs promotes bone density. Regular contact with a contented cat should be a given for all sufferers of osteoporosis.

Funny, isn’t it? We have millions of homeless cats here in the US, and each one of them has this innate ability to facilitate healing in humans in return for a regular meal and a daily scoop of the litter box. But we humans in our infinite wisdom would rather pop a pill. Do you think we could convince doctors to start prescribing cats instead?

Perhaps not. But I will continue to listen to my sweet kitty’s soothing sounds. His purring will ease my mind when I’m stressed and heal me when I’m sick or injured.

And then he will insist I get up to feed him. 

34 thoughts on “The Soothing Sound of a Purring Cat

  1. Missing a purring cat on our laps is what led the Ex and I to get the Evil Kittenz. They are wild, unruly, sarcastic, pointy in far too many places, obnoxiously nocturnal, and shed more fur than can be explained by the laws of nature. The only thing saving them is the purring!

  2. Wow! I didn’t know that purring sound was so good to humans health, too!!! This is great! Thank you very much for telling us the fact! My kitties make purring sound often but smallest one. We don’t know why she doesn’t purr….Awwww…I wish I could hear June Buggies purring sound….❤️❤️❤️🐱

    1. Well, maybe, but a dog keeps you healthy by walking you all over town. A cat can do it without your having to move- in fact, if the cat is asleep in your lap, he’d prefer you didn’t move.

  3. Purrrfect! I knew Hannah had more roles than allowing us to pet her sometimes, covering our dark clothes in her white fur and waking us up 5 am asking for food! I just love to let her sleep with my kids – I wish she could sleep in my room but she has the bad habit of biting my wife’s toes, so she doesn’t want Hannah sleeping with us. And I can’t even defend her 😛

  4. My cat purred me through cancer treatments. It’s the only time he would sleep on top of me during the night. When it was over, he went back to his favorite lounge to sleep. What a cat!

  5. Hot damn, that is one kickass post…and I’m more of a dog person than a cat person. But it made me want to rush right over to the rescue centre and pick up a kitty.

    Alas, I can’t do that because neither my husband nor my surviving dog is a cat person in any way, shape or form (except they wouldn’t hurt a cat – our family, including my adult son and daughter, are animal people).

    Anyhow, Jen and Rumpy, thanks for collaborating on that interesting and useful post. I’m going to share it with my friends, cat lovers and otherwise.

  6. It is odd to think how purring is so comforting to both cats and humans. Why should we respond to this sound? It is even more fascinating when you realize that cats are the only animals that make such a sound, in such a way. You may have posted about this in the past, but another interesting dynamic in regards to human and cat interaction is that, while cats of course purr with other cats, you will hardly ever hear one adult cat ‘meowing’ to another adult cat. They tend to only meow to us humans, and to their mothers when they are kittens. Tells us something about our cats, I think!

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