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What causes a cat to purr

A cat purrs when it feels content and happy. A cat purrs when it is relaxed.

When a cat purrs, it has no idea how to make the noise. It does it out of instinct. The sound is passed down through generations.

The purr is made by the part of the larynx (voice box) called the "vocal folds" or "vocal cords."

Many cats have a special muscle called the "vocal cord" that vibrates in time with the purr.

Lack of deep sleep may cause a cat to purr.

When a cat is happy and content, it purrs.

Cats purr more at night.

Some cats purr more than others.

Some cats purr more at times of stress.

Some cats purr more at times of excitement.

Some cats purr more at moments of despair.

Some cats purr more when they are hungry.

Some cats purr more when they are sleepy.

Most cats purr for no reason.

Some cats purr when they are being carried.

Some cats purr when they are being petted.

Some cats purr when they are being tickled.

Some cats purr when they are being groomed.

Some cats purr when they are being fed.

Some cats purr when they are being sprayed.

Some cats purr when they are being talked to.

Some cats purr when they are being scratched.

Some cats purr when they are being rubbed.

Some cats purr when they are being stroked.

Some cats purr when they are being chased.

Some cats purr when they are being picked up.

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