Why do cats purr? Cat lovers believe felines purr only when they are happy. Dr. Francine Rattner explains while that is usually the case, sometimes felines purr because they are stressed, fearful or in pain.
Veterinarian Francine Rattner explains that there are different theories that can explain a cat’s purring when it is not feeling well or perhaps stressed. One reason is that they are alerting their caregiver they are in need of intervention in a stressful situation or to need relief from discomfort.
When a cat purrs endorphins are released and that can help the feline feel calm and relieve pain. There is research that shows that the vibration energy from purring helps in healing damaged tissue in cats.
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One of the most stressful situations your fur baby may be put into is a visit to the veterinarian. If the office is not a dog-free environment a cat may purr as a way of saying “get me out of here” because he or she is nervous being around dogs.
When a cat is purring out of pain or stress it makes it difficult for the veterinarian to listen to the patient’s lungs and heart. Something that may be helpful in order to complete the physical examination would be to have the vet tech turn on a nearby water faucet or hold a cotton ball with just a little bit of alcohol on it for the cat to sniff.
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It is suggested that cat caregivers find a cat-friendly veterinarian practice, one that has a separate entrance and office for felines. A dog-free environment reduces the tension your cat may feel and reduce their anxiety over veterinarian visits.
Take time to listen to your fur baby so you can understand what their purr means. Take note of the situation the cat is in when it is purring and any other signs the cat may be in distress or feeling anxious.