Ask Dr. Richards

August 2009 Issue

Ask Elizabeth: 08/09

I have been purring nearly my whole life so I should be an expert! However, like many feline characteristics, purring is mysterious even to me! Let me share what my friends at the Cornell Feline Health Center have to say about purring. At its core, purring is a means of communication but cats purr in a variety of situations: when they are comfortable and content, of course, but also when they are anxious, injured or ill. What, exactly, a cat is communicating in these various situations is open to interpretation.

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