I love having a cat settle in my lap, get comfortable, and start to purr. The low rumbling sound is relaxing for the both of us, and helps me de-stress at the end of the day. What is purring and why do cats do it?
Purring happens when the brain sends messages to the laryngeal muscles causing them to vibrate when the cat breathes in and out. Sounds simple, but scientists don't understand how these messages are generated and controlled. Purr studies have been done to try to figure it out.
So why do cats do it? One theory is that purring is a form of communication, relating to others the cat's pleasure or calmness. This could be true, but it is also known that cats will purr when they are injured or frightened. Another theory is that purring is self-soothing for the cat, which would explain why she would use it in stressful situations. As I was searching for answers, I found something else:
Cats may purr for self healing. It is known that cats purr at a frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Apparently vibrations in this range are therapeutic for bone, muscle and ligament injuries and pain relief. It is also theorized that since cats are inactive most of the day to conserve energy, bone density loss and muscle atrophy could occur. Purring may prevent that. The Felid Purr: A bio-mechanical healing mechanism article discusses this.
I believe that all of the theories have some merit. So even though it looks like my cat is sleeping the day away, she really is multi-tasking. She is curled up comfortably on my warm lap, meditating, conserving energy before the next hunt (well, dinner served on a plate), and keeping her bones and muscles ready to leap to the top of the cat tree to get the best spot.
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Sunday, October 4, 2009
I saw this list on a cat forum and thought it was good. I had to type it while Simon, my black cat, was on my lap. He is a big guy so he was draped over my left arm, making typing difficult.
10. You will save money on their Halloween Costume.
9. A lint brush is not needed for a black tie affair.
8. Black cats are like onyx, a beautiful gem.
7. Black cats will match any decor.
6. You can always find them in the snow.
5. Luck is on your side when you love a black cat.
4. Holding a black cat is very slimming.
3. Love knows no color.
2. They don't care what color you are.
1. They are the least likely to be adopted.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I saw this video on a cat forum and it made me laugh. I have never seen a cat do this - ever.
This gave me an idea to add my own video to CatRamble. I have never uploaded a video to YouTube. This is my first time, so please be gentle. Sorry about the quality; I took this on my cell phone. Next time I will use a much better camera.
This is Simon sitting in the sink, taking a drink from the faucet. Enjoy.
Monday, September 21, 2009
You would think the title would have the answer: My cat is not a pig! But as a human, I could get swine flu, so it got me thinking.....
Could my cats get swine flu? I did a little research on the internet and found a press release at ASPCA.org (site is now gone). As of April, only humans had been affected by the H1N1 virus. "At this time there is no data demonstrating any risk of dogs and cats contracting this strain of the virus," said Dr. Louise Murray, the Director of Medicine at the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Hospital in New York City. Most of the information I found referenced this article.
Near the bottom of the press release, there was a link to the American Veterinary Medical Association. I followed the link to see if they had more recent information. As of today, there is still no evidence that pets are susceptible to the H1N1 virus.
UPDATE: November 4, 2009. The American Veterinary Medical Association posted that the Iowa State Veterinarian and the Iowa Department of Public Health announced that a cat has tested positive for the H1N1 virus. It is believed to be the first confirmed case of swine flu in a feline. Two humans in the cat's house had flu-like symptoms before the cat became ill. The cat recovered.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Having a cat is like eating potato chips - you can't stop at just one. 71% of US domestic cats live in a multi-cat household. But there are a lot of misperceptions about cat owners. A Tidy Cats survey found that non-cat people don't think very highly of us. According to the survey, a majority of non-cat people believe that multiple cat owners are lonely, antisocial, crazy cat ladies that live in dirty, cluttered, smelly houses.
I'm sure I don't fit that stereotype. I think I am fairly well adjusted and my house is clean. I know I have provided my crew with a good life and they have brought me and my family joy and laughter everyday.
Tidy Cat started a "Campaign to End Cattiness", to debunk the misperceptions, and tell the world how living with multiple cats makes life better. Owners can submit their photo and story at www.tidycats.com. As I looked through the gallery, I noticed that most of the owners were woman, but very few of them looked like "crazy cat ladies" and many of them had nice stories to tell.
Read more about the survey at www.prnewswire.com/mnr/tidycats/39134/. Scroll down to find the Related Documents section to find the Tidy Cats Survey Fact Sheet. It opens to a Word Document.