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Do we really know why cats purr?

Purring in cats is quite common. While you may have seen a domesticated cat at your house or  in the neighbourhood purr, there is documented evidence of even larger cats such as tigers, lions, panthers and cheetahs which have been found purring in the wild. While cat owners often take purring as a good sign and end up lathering the feline with loads of attention and ‘awwwwwws’, the fact remains that no one really knows why cats purr. So, although, the common cat got domesticated into human settlements somewhere around 10,000 years ago, there is very little that we actually know about why they exhibit such behaviour. Modern scientific methods continue to be used to determine, what might seem to a trivial question. But all studies so far have only ended up adding more more speculated reasons as to why cats purr.
Before we tell you to possible reasons for purring of cats, let us look at the question HOW do cats purr? Initially researchers had theorized that cats have a separate organ for …