Cheetah, wild-cat, and serval, all found in Africa, purr.
I love cats, and a cat’s purr makes me feel calm and happy. Like a sound tonic for the soul.
Lions roar, and leopards saw, but neither purr.
Whether a cat purrs or not has to do with the structure surrounding their voice box. My cat, Busty purrs loud and often.
When I’m not feeling well, Busty lays on my chest, purring.
I’m not sure if it’s purposeful on her part, but it sure feels good.
The purring sound is calming and provides a generally therapeutic vibration for both the purring cat and anyone listening.
What’s amazing is the 25 Hz frequency of the cats purr is the same frequency used in physical therapies to help human’s wounds heal faster.
The other day after an extra strenuous thirteen-mile hikemy dog Zia laid on the floor exhausted and shaky. Watching Zia’s muscles twitch, my friend noticed my concern and said, “she’s probably dehydrated and overly exhausted. “
That’s when my cat, who has never before lay near Zia, tucked herself against Zia’s belly
and stayed there purring for almost twenty-five minutes.
By the time Busty finished, Zia was no longer twitching.
Like a dogs nose for cancer, can cats sense when someone is in need of their purring vibrations?
Even Raccoons purr
A few relatives of the wild cats – civets, genets, mongooses – also purr.
Even hyenas, guinea pigs, and raccoons can purr.
The cats purr I would most like to hear is a wild cheetah.
I would also love to hear a raccoon purr.
What about you, which cat (or other animal) would you most like to hear purr?
For more on Cats:
Cheetah and Laurie Marker’s Cheetah Conservation Fund
Lions in the Samburu: Meet Shivani Bhalla and Ewaso Lions
A 13 year old lion hater who is saving african lions: Wildlife Hero Richard Turere
Featured photo: Gene Tremblay