The Purr Power00:40

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Do you ever get the feeling your furry friend knows when you’re not feeling well, and even where it hurts? If you have a headache, your cat seems to know to settle down by your head. If it’s a stomachache, she will come and sit on your abdomen. And all the time she is there, she won’t stop purring!

If you own a cat probably you know a cat’s purr is so relaxing and stress-reducing, but science has shown it can also be beneficial to our bodies. It’s not just the sound of purring that’s important, but also the vibration it produces.

A cat’s purr is a continuous sound production which alternate between pulmonic egressive and ingressive airstream (i.e. expiration and inspiration). A purr can go on for many minutes.
The mechanism by which cats purr is speculative. There is a unique “neural oscillator” in the cat’s brain of uncertain significance.

It’s an old veterinary saying which states: “If you put a cat and a bunch of broken bones in the same room, the bones will heal.”

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