Why does my cat constantly purr when he’s awake?

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

There is nothing more relaxing than cuddling with your feline fellow while he’s purring. This sweet voice, purr, gives me a sense that my cat is happy. Cats purr to signal their owners about something that they want or anything that they’re feeling. But lately, my cat is purring all the time while he’s awake. He purrs while he’s with me, alone, or with anyone else. If your cat is also purring continuously and you’re wondering why it is doing that then this read is for you.

Here’s the kicker that why your cat purrs constantly:

Research has shown that humans really don’t know the exact reason why the cat purrs. But there are many reasons that can be accounted for this sweet, little voice. Purring is the way of communicating and healing. Your cat can purr when it’s happy, sad, hungry, in pain, or building its bones and muscles. Kittens purr to ask for food from the mother cat. An interesting study suggests that cat purring is therapeutic to humans also.

Let’s know in detail why and how your cat purrs:

Where purring voice comes from?

Everybody knows that cats purr and meow. The sound “meow” is just the language of cats but purr is more than that. The purring sound is produced throughout the respiratory cycle- both during inhalation and exhalation. Whereas, meow sound is produced only during the exhalation process.

Purr sound also comes from the voice box, larynx. But the sound is produced through the signals sent by the brain from oscillatory sensors. The muscles of the larynx then contract and relax and when a cat breathes the air in and out, the sound is produced.

So, the purring sound originates through the brain and has many roles other than communication. Now let’s know the reasons your cat purrs.

Why does your cat purr constantly?

How and why do cats purr?

Although there is no proved reason why the cats purr but there are certain possibilities. You can observe your cat closely, it may be purring because:

Your cat is happy– when your cat is satisfied and content, then it’ll purr and roll around you as a sign of affection. The tail would be still and the cat would seem calm.

Happy cat purrs to show that it wants to play and cuddle with you. This sound would be soothing and your cat would seem relaxed.

Your cat is hungry– if your cat is purring along with some meow then maybe she’s hungry. The cats purr when they need food. The cat will purr and also move to the kitchen with you, maybe. Hungry cat purrs and that’s very common.

A hungry cat will purr and follow you all the time. Try to soothe it and give some nutritious food to calm it down.

Relieving pain– another reason your cat might be purring is that he is in pain and purring reduces that pain. The pain is relieved because when the cat purrs, the damaged cells and tissues start healing naturally. This healing is because of the frequency of this sound. The frequency of sound forces the damaged cells to shed off and new cells form in that place.

Whenever a wound is formed, the purring sound helps to naturally heal it. So, it might be possible that your cat is hurting and needs to heal itself. If you feel it’s purring to relieve pain then don’t disturb it. Continue offering food and play with your cat if he likes to.

Your cat is sad– this is uncommon but cats also purr when they are sad. When they need someone to cuddle with. This purring sound would be different from the happy purring sound.

Sad purr sound is uncommon but cats use purring to express their feelings whether positive or negative.

Regeneration of bones– another interesting reason why your cat is purring continuously is that the bones of cats grow and repair naturally with the help of purr sound. Again, the frequency of the purring sound forces the bones to regrow and produce new cells. This can be the reason why cats heal faster than dogs after the surgery and why cats don’t get major injuries when they fall from the heights.

Studies have shown that the sound frequency between 24 to 140 Hz has healing power. This sound has the tendency to regrow bone cells and repair broken tissues due to its high vibrations.

Easing the breathing process– if your cat is having difficulty in breathing, it starts purring. This sound helps the muscles to work properly and calm the cat down. The purring helps the cat to inhale and exhale in a rhythmic way. This purring will continue until the cat has no more breathing problems.

If you find your cat purring and breathing abnormally then call a vet. It might need some treatment to be healthy again.

Getting attention from their mommy– cats, especially puppies, purr to tell their mother that it’s feed time. They continue purring and running after the mommy cat until she feeds them. Mama cat also purrs to call their puppies and to take care of them. So, purring is also a mode of communication between puppies and the mother cat.

The constant purring can be bothersome sometimes. So, you can help your cat by offering her food, playing with him, and taking care of him. Further, if your cat is purring because it’s healing or relieving pain then let it do that as it will take some time in this process. Appreciate the nature that how cat heals itself with the help of this voice.

Purring is therapeutic for pet parents

Interesting research is that purring reduces the stress and anxiety of feline owners as well. The sounds soothe you because it has healing powers. Whenever you feel low, cuddle with your cat while it’s purring, you’ll definitely feel better.

According to Dr. Rebecca Johnson, director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction. “Purring is an auditory stimulus that people attribute to peacefulness and calmness,” “That gives us positive reinforcement for what we’re doing and can contribute to the whole relaxation effect when we interact with our cats.”

The Bottom line

If your cat starts purring as soon as he wakes up then there might be many reasons. But none of the reasons is worrisome, most of the time.

The cats purr when feeling happy and satisfied or hungry. They also purr to repair damaged tissues and bones. Uncommon, but cats also purr when they’re sad. So, there isn’t one certain reason that your cat is purring. Let it purr, feed her good food, and enjoy your purry fellow!

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