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Why Does My Cat Never Stop Purring? (Excited or Stress?)

If you are researching why your cat does not stop purring, or just interested, you are likely wondering if this behavior is normal or a cause for concern…

Why does my cat never stop purring?

If your cat never stops purring there could be several reasons such as happiness, insecurity, or anxiety. Contrary to popular belief cats purr is not always a sign of happiness and contentment. It can be used as a coping mechanism and may even be heard in a dying cat.

So, now you know. But, should you be concerned if your cat stops purring? Why do cats purr in the first place? Can cats just lose their ability to purr? Keep reading for these answers, and so much more…

3 Top reasons why your cat may not stop purring:

A cat rolled-over getting stroked.

A cat rolled over getting stroked.

Earlier I briefly mentioned some reasons why your cat never stops purring. Therefore, in this section I will explain each one in more detail:

01. Anxiety

Although purring is often associated with happiness it is not always. There are times when your cat may be feeling anxious. This could be caused by several things such as being unsettled with a new house move, the introduction of a new family member, etc.

If you fear this is the case then you will need to help your cat get past this by being patient and working out the cause of the anxiety.

02. Overly happy

Another, more obvious reason is happiness. But, if it keeps on purring without stopping it is more than your normal dose of happiness. It may well be overly happy and excited about something.

The source of this happiness could be many things such as the food it’s just eaten, spending time with you, a cat treat (Click here to see the reviews, on Amazon #Ad) you just offered it, etc.

03. Feeling insecure

Another issue could be insecurity. When a cat feels insecure like this it could start purring like this. Especially if the purring is ongoing.

This behavior is similar to anxiety because there are many triggers. For example, it may not feel comfortable with a new cat in the household.

Should you be concerned if your cat won’t stop purring?

If your cat won’t stop purring it may not be a concern. If it’s anxious or insecure, then this could be a concern. If you have concerns about it and fear the worst it’s worth consulting your vet.

After you check with the vet, if it’s not a serious issue, you may just need to work on its anxiety or insecurity issues, as discussed earlier.

Why do cats purr?

A cat will purr as a way of communication, similar to how it will meow to you. However, it has various meanings not just feeling happy or being content. In fact, it can be the opposite. For example, unhappy or anxious.

Either way, happy or anxious, it’s a way to passively communicate its emotion rather than jumping in front of you or getting aggressive.

Why does my cat walk around purring?

A cat may walk around and purr to itself as a way of comforting itself. You may even see it meowing in empty rooms at the time as well.

This kind of behavior is a method for the cat to deal with its problem in its own way. For example, it may have some minor pain or discomfort and purr to get through it. Similar to how a baby may hug a teddy for assurance.

Can cats lose their ability to purr?

A cat can lose its ability to purr. For this to happen it is likely to have a health issue such as laryngeal paralysis. This is when the nerves and muscles that control the cartilage in the larynx malfunction.

This affects their purr because the sound that you hear is produced from within its vocal cords when they inhale and exhale. Although it’s possible, it’s not wise to assume this has happened.

To be sure, your cat will need to be inspected by your vet so they can verify that this is the reason.

Why do cats purr while sleeping?

A ginger cat sleeping on a white fluffy cat bed.

A ginger cat sleeping on a white fluffy cat bed.

A cat may purr in its sleep to display an emotion. For example, it could be feeling happy in the dream causing it to do this. However, it can also be having a bad experience in the dream that can cause this to happen as well.

The misconception is that all cats purr when they are happy and want to be petted, but the reality is quite different. Meaning, they can be sad or happy, it’s just a submissive way to display their emotion.

Why does my cat purr loudly?

If your cat is purring loudly, for example, it rubs against you while doing this, it is likely to want something. The context of the situation makes a big difference.

Therefore a cat that purrs should not be assumed to be content. They could need something, feeling anxious, or even in discomfort.

Why do cats purr when they are dying?

Cats may purr when they are dying as a way of coping with the traumatic experience. This purring action is believed to strengthen their muscles and help to release endorphins that may help as it battles or accepts dying.

So, if you have the unhappy experience of dealing with a sick or dying cat you may have noticed this and been totally confused about why it’s happening. And, now you have a logical answer for this.

How does a cat’s purring affect humans?

A cat’s purr is believed to have a positive effect on humans by releasing endorphins and reducing stress levels. There is also a theory that it can lower blood pressure and help with healing.

Regardless of the latter is just theory or fact, I am sure we can agree that holding a purring cat is typically a good experience and makes us feel happy, right?

Can purring stimulate a cat’s bones?

There is a theory that purring can stimulate a cat’s bones.  This is believed to be done in between hunting in the wild while a cat has idle time. And, the brief is during this time the purring can help to stimulate them so their bones remain strong and don’t weaken.

In theory, this sounds good. But, regardless, a cat seems to get a lot of benefit from purring whether that physical or even mental.

Can purring heal a cat?

There are theories that a cat can heal itself using purring. This is based on the frequency of the purring. These frequencies have been investigated and shown to help with healing and improve bone density.

It seems that a cat’s purr has some potential magical qualities that may have been underestimated.  

Why do cats purr together?

Some cats will purr together, especially while they sleep, as a way to bond and also comfort themselves while they sleep. For a cat owner watching this, it can be interesting and cute to watch.

It is unknown if they do this subconsciously or not but either way they seem to create a rhythm that is quite amazing to be heard and seen.


Lindsey Browlingdon