Cat purring translated- what do cats say?


Cat purring is the most common sound your cat makes, yet we don’t know much about it. We may know other sounds such as hissing, chattering, chirping, growling and meowing, but cat purring is completely ambiguous to most of us.

Usually, cat purring comes out of contentment. When your cat is lying down out in the sun, you may hear him purring as he breathes in and out. Touch him, and you feel a certain rumbling sound coming out of his body, it’s a kind of a wave of sound he sends to calm you.

But you shouldn’t always believe that the sound your cat makes means he’s in good mood, sometimes cats purr to communicate emotions and needs.

When you pick up your cat, you don’t really know exactly what’s he trying to convey, does he like it or is he nervous?

Although we can’t know for sure, but research conducted by some notorious experts in the field of pets has shown that cat purring has different reasons and can mean several things.


Cat purring that’s accompanied with physical gestures such as lying on its back, eyes half-closed with a tail almost still means without any doubt that your cat is having the best of its time; your cat is feeling just alright and that sound can be translated as a big smile.


When it’s meal time, some cats purr. Experts studied the sound that a house cat makes when he’s hungry and found that it’s different from the one your cat makes when food isn’t in his mind.

When your cat purrs for food, he combines it with other unpleasant sounds such as meowing or crying. Experts found that you’re more likely to respond to that sound. Also, they found that you can make the difference between cat purring even if you’re not a cat owner.

Kitten-mother communication

When they are only few day old, kittens can purr. It’s maybe a way of telling their mother where they are hiding or they are okay. Cat purring also helps strengthen the connection between kittens and their mother. Mother cat uses it as a lullaby.

Healing and relief

Cat purring can also be the result of pain. Cats tend to purr when they are hurt, but what makes it worth doing?

One thing is that it may be a way for your cat to soothe itself just the baby sucks its thumb to feel better. But some experts suggest that cat purring helps your cat get better faster. Purr’s low frequency can cause vibrations in your cat’s body that can:

  • Heal wounds and bones
  • Repair tendons and build muscles
  • Facilitating breathing
  • Reduces pain and swelling

This is why cats may survive falling from high places and have fewer complications than dogs after surgeries.



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