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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #570 on: October 03, 2007, 01:35:43 PM »
We have a mystery!

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #571 on: October 03, 2007, 02:18:38 PM »
We have a mystery!

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Above all, the purr is probably the cat's way of communicating to others (cats and humans) that it is in the mood to be sociable. The purring sound is frequently made at the same time that other 'sociable' signals are made, e.g. erect tail, slightly closed "contented" eyes. Naturally, in most situations, this will also be when the cat is feeling contented, but it need not necessarily be so. Humans usually interpret the purring of a domestic cat as an expression of some type of friendliness or contentment. This assumption is based on the observation that cats often (though not always) purr when being stroked by humans.

It is, however, not entirely clear to scientists whether this really is one of the cat's reasons for making the sound; it is well-established that a cat also purrs when it is uneasy, nervous or in great pain, perhaps to comfort itself or to express submission. Other theories suggest that a cat purrs when it wants, needs, or is receiving attention, whether it be affection or medical treatment. When cats purr while also lightly clawing the ground it may mean they are trying to relieve stress or comfort themselves.[citation needed]

An intriguing possibility postulated by Roy Feinson in The Secret Language of Names (The Overlook Press, 2004) suggests that the question is best answered by asking 'when do cats not purr?' He writes "...a clowder of wildcats relax under a tree engaging in gentle purring when one of the cats spots a rabbit. The cat abruptly stops purring and the sudden silence immediately puts the other cats on alert without any audible or motion signal that might have alerted the prey. Thus, maintaining a low-energy purr at times of well-being allows the absence of that sound to become a communication device."

The theory is strengthened by the fact that cats tend not to purr when alone.

Ethologist Paul Leyhousen, in his book Cat Behavior, interprets purring as a signal meaning "I am not a threat" to explain the otherwise differing circumstances that elicit the sound.
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #572 on: October 03, 2007, 02:20:05 PM »
I'm pretty sure sinuses are what let us breath through our nose, because the nose hairs filter out dirt and dust, whilst the highly vascular nasal lining warms cold air before it hits our lungs, because cold air hurts the bronchus.

As for purring, a vet told me once that it's a healing mechanism for cats, and they do it when happy and also when hurt. Something about the sternum vibrations and blood flow.
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #573 on: October 03, 2007, 02:22:53 PM »
Now... Dancing with cats?

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #574 on: October 03, 2007, 02:23:36 PM »
Your face.
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #575 on: October 03, 2007, 03:13:19 PM »
It's kind of amazing.  I mean, it's purring... not supermassive black holes or differential equations... you'd think they'd have it all figured out.  Dissect a friggin cat and get some concrete answers, retards.  It's your job.  We need to know what purring is.
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #576 on: October 03, 2007, 03:23:17 PM »
My grandfather believes he was a cat in a past life.  Or a dinosaur.  It depends on when you ask him.  But I'll see him this weekend and, if he says cat, I'll ask him to explain purring.

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« Reply #577 on: October 03, 2007, 07:24:20 PM »
Trust me, what I said is the truth.
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #578 on: October 03, 2007, 09:12:00 PM »
I can purr.

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #579 on: October 03, 2007, 09:28:30 PM »
Oh, Reggie, I know. 

I know.

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #580 on: October 03, 2007, 11:40:32 PM »
I purr so my babies can find my nipples.  Their eyes haven't fully developed yet.
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #581 on: October 03, 2007, 11:47:41 PM »
Why do I so easily have a mental image of that...?

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #582 on: October 03, 2007, 11:48:56 PM »
I am oddly maternal.
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #583 on: October 04, 2007, 01:01:46 AM »
And so supple...

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #584 on: October 04, 2007, 01:35:06 AM »
eat your broccoli
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