Atheist Cats

Why do cats purr?"

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    Simon Paynton
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    Some people say it’s a healing mechanism.  But I observe that cats purr when they’re happy.  So if it was a healing mechanism, they would purr when they’re sad or in pain.

    Maybe this is it.  The mummy cat and the kitten purr to each other to show that they are happy and feeling good.  Therefore, the reason for purring is bonding between mother and baby.

    This fits with the “attachment” origins of empathic concern: the mother and baby are communicating their happiness in each other’s intimacy, and therefore, attachment to each other.

    #6267

    Unseen
    Participant

    Anyone who knows cats knows that cats, when they do anything, do it because they fucking well feel like doing it. 

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    #6269

    Unseen
    Participant

    Some people say it’s a healing mechanism. But I observe that cats purr when they’re happy. So if it was a healing mechanism, they would purr when they’re sad or in pain.

    “Not all cat purrs are purrs of contentment. Cats purr when they are stressed, in pain, or severely ill. Often, cats at the end of life will purr. Cats enter life and leave life on a purr.” (source)

    #6272

    Simon Paynton
    Participant

    Thanks, that is really interesting.  It does seem like “attachment” is probably the main function.

    #6275

    Strega
    Moderator

    @unseen Some wild cats purr too.  Apparently, the cats that purr can’t roar, and those that can roar can’t purr.  The purring is currently being studied as potentially a healing activity. The idea is that the frequency helps bones and cuts to heal much faster!

    #6281

    Unseen
    Participant

    @unseen Some wild cats purr too. Apparently, the cats that purr can’t roar, and those that can roar can’t purr. The purring is currently being studied as potentially a healing activity. The idea is that the frequency helps bones and cuts to heal much faster!

    I have heard that. Interesting. Still, I don’t think there’s much doubt that a cat sitting quietly on your lap and purring is feeling pleasure and/or contentment.

    An interesting question is whether purring is automatic or can they purr intentionally?

    #6282

    Strega
    Moderator

    @unseen oh yes, it’s indeed soothing for us humans – in fact the same study that is looking into the healing frequency of purrs is looking at the effect of 25MgHz vibrations on humans to establish if it also assists our healing.  Wouldn’t that be something!?

    #6291

    Davis
    Participant

    Quick and somewhat informative. Cheetahs, for example, have very nice purrs

    #6293

    Unseen
    Participant

    The American big cat, the mountain lion (cougar, puma, panther, catamount), is said to be the largest cat who purrs. They don’t have a roar, but rather a scream or howl. BTW, according to some classifications it’s the biggest of the small cats (because it purrs?), which is silly because it’s about the same size as a leopard and can kill full grown deer.

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    Unseen
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    Someone tell me how to insert a Youtube video as Davis did. I don’t see the option. As such, here’s a LINK to a video where you can hear a mountain lion scream.

    #6299

    Davis
    Participant

    Someone tell me how to insert a Youtube video as Davis did. I don’t see the option. As such, here’s a LINK to a video where you can hear a mountain lion scream.

    I found out by accident. I was so tired of trying to figure out how to post a youtube video, I decided to just copy and paste the full link. Turns out the website automatically converts it to a youtube video. This is a funtion on a chat website which should either 1. involve a tool button (especially if you want to format it more) or 2. there should be a note in the edit box informing users that they can just copy and paste the link. I think it is important as we have become pretty lazy entitled webizens and I think many people give up trying to post or contribute if they can’t very quickly and easily figure things out.

     

    #6307

    Unseen
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    Someone tell me how to insert a Youtube video as Davis did. I don’t see the option. As such, here’s a LINK to a video where you can hear a mountain lion scream.

    I found out by accident. I was so tired of trying to figure out how to post a youtube video, I decided to just copy and paste the full link. Turns out the website automatically converts it to a youtube video. This is a funtion on a chat website which should either 1. involve a tool button (especially if you want to format it more) or 2. there should be a note in the edit box informing users that they can just copy and paste the link. I think it is important as we have become pretty lazy entitled webizens and I think many people give up trying to post or contribute if they can’t very quickly and easily figure things out.

    Thanks for the info. I’ve inserted the video with the scream of the mountain lion.

    #10381

    Davis
    Participant

    Diary of Mr. Barkles

    – Dog food! My favorite thing!
    – A car ride! They’re the best!
    – Got rubbed and petted! Awesomest thing ever!
    – Ran around in circles. Nothing better than circle running!
    – Got to play ball! Oh my god…My favorite thing!
    – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
    11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favoritest thing ever!

    Diary of Kitty McMittens

    Day 983 of My Captivity

    My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

    The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

    There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

    Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

    I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now . I ate the females shoes. While repulsive is was worth it as the female blamed it on the retarded dog. Owners are conductingmedical experiments on me..feeding me a substance which makes me nervous and more energetic than the stupid dog. I must find a way to poison them all…perhaps with allergy magic?

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    #10384

    Strega
    Moderator

    Hahaha @davis love it!

    #10385

    “Escape Plan” version 43.

    I think my attempts to destroy my guards mental well-being is on track. Yesterday I scoffed down all that expensive cat food and today I just ignored it as if it is made from dead dogs. This seems to freak her out. At night I pretend to see ghost spiders in the distance and she starts looking for them!! She keeps falling for it and is developing a complex. Maybe if I feign an attack on an imaginary spider she will be unable to put her feet on the ground and this will buy me a few extra minutes??

    When he comes in to stare at the flashing light box in the corner I wait until he is comfortable and then suddenly jump up on “his” couch and pretend I am just so happy to see him. He is then unable to concentrate on the light show. I left a “little present” in one of his shoes yesterday and he ranted in disgust for ten minutes. Ah, Quelle timbre! Keep it up with that “dogs are better than cats”routine and I will perfume your favorite suit next time!

    Today I decided to pretend I just love it here and have no interest or desire to leave. I stood at the back door and when they opened it to let meeowt I just stood still and scratched my ear. The next time I did go out and then promptly started scratching the door in a frenzy to show them how much I hate it outside. This should put them off their guard when I make my run for it. I have told the dog I am going to a small seaside resort when I get free but I suppose he is too stupid to remember the name.

    Wow, just realized I am awake for 2 whole hours. I better take a 6 hour snooze.

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