why does cat purr when i hold him

Which of the following statements is true? Picking up and holding a cat is an extremely tricky procedure that takes great skill and precision. Picking up and holding a cat is the easiest thing in the world. Until about a month ago, I d have sworn that the first statement was true, even though I d witnessed friends and significant others pick up cats as if it were the easiest thing in the world. It seemed like child s play in the world of cat care and behavior. When these people did pick up cats, I played an ancillary role I would stand next to the other person and pet the cat, whose head and front legs rested on the person s shoulder. I was glad to do it. Still am. It feels loving, celebratory, and just a little bit daring for the cat to be in this precarious position getting affection. There were times I attempted to pick up cats myself. Okay, so wZ is this how you do it? You put a hand underneath here first, and wZ wait wait. Where does the cat go? Over
this arm, or here, over the shoulder, like this? Either? Okay. Yes right okay, we re set. And yes, I m supporting his back legs, that s crucial. But even when I got it to work, it never felt right, if you know what I mean. After a while, the cats didn t protest, but neither did they purr or seem relaxed. 1. The cats didn t want to I ve lived with cats (or had friends with cats) who don t like to be picked up and held.

End of story. Baxter is one such cat. His expert would occasionally pick him up because she couldn t resist, but then she would immediately start counting to 10, because that s about all he would tolerate. At the 10-second mark, it was time to ease him back on the floor or be subject to furious claws. 2. I didn t want to Some cats (I won t name names) I didn t want to pick up. One of them weighed 19 pounds. Another was a long-haired breed who shed half her body weight in fur every hour. (That s a slight exaggeration. ) Some cats were half my size, and I had no need to pick them up. (I was 6 years old. ) But then there was. This little black-and-white cow cat who Daphne and I found living underneath the apartment building where we lived was more my cat than any I d had since I was a kid. But I never picked her up. She seemed so little, so fragile, and so happy on the floor, bed, chair, counter, or table. Then came Thomas, the, and who I wrote on Valentine s Day. A couple of months after we met, I wanted to pick him up. I tried. Multiple times. But, for better or worse, it was like what I described above not wrong, but not quite right either. Did he not trust me? Was I missing some intangible thing? Then one night it happened: I saw Thomas on the floor of our kitchen, and I was overcome with love. Just like that, I swooped down and put him on my shoulder.

Purr. Purr. Purr. I petted him. I walked over to Daphne, and she petted him. Purr. Purr. Purr. He was happy, confident, did the little I love you slow blink. Purr. Purr. Purr. So let s revisit: Which of the following statements is true? Picking up and holding a cat is an extremely tricky procedure that takes great skill and precision. Picking up and holding a cat is the easiest thing in the world. Both are true. Thing is, now I know you need the a confident loving hand for the first to seem like the second. What s your experience picking up cats? Have some loved it? Have some hated it? Did you turn a corner where you were able to confidently hold your cat? Or does the skill elude you still? Tell me in the comments. Hand in hand is the only way to land, says the Cat Dandy : About Keith Bowers: This broad-shouldered, bald-headed, leather-clad motorcyclist also has passions for sharp clothing, silver accessories, great writing, the arts, and cats. This career journalist loves painting, sculpting, photographing, and getting on stage. He once was called a high-powered mutant, which also describes his cat, Thomas. He is associate editor at Catster and Dogster. What makes the purr interesting is that it is different from other cat vocalizations. A purr is produced during the entire respiratory cycle (inhaling and exhaling). Other vocalizations such as the БmeowБ are limited to the expiration of the breath, much like a human when we speak.

In a cat, the signal to purr travels from the brain to the muscles in the voice box, and this message tells the muscles there it's time to purr, so they start acting as a valve for air flowing past the voice box. The muscles work both during inhalation and exhalation, which creates the sound and seems to run continuously and endlessly. The air passes through the valve, which opens and closes rapidly to create the purring sound all cat lovers love so much! Purring is a unique feature in the domestic cat. However, other species in the also purr: for example the Bobcat, Cheetah, Eurasian Lynx, Puma, and Wild Cat all purr the way a domestic cat would. Cats are outnumbering dogs as the number one pet in the U. S. , one reason is because cats do a great job of lowering stress and blood pressure than many other pets, and purring may help with that. Purring is also considered a Бnatural healing mechanism. Б Purring may be linked to the strengthening and repairing of bones, relief of pain, and wound healing for your fine feline. Purring is also auditory stimuli that humans attribute to peace and contentment. We generally construe it as something positive. It gives us a whole relaxation effect when we interact with our cats. Pretty cool for a simple stroke of the fur!

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