Question for willie.ga
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: stressedmum-ga
List Price: $10.00
19 May 2003 07:02 PDT
Expires: 18 Jun 2003 07:02 PDT
Question ID: 205805
Willie, I just read through Aceresearcher's question asking GARs to list their favourite answers and I saw with a mixture of pleasure and dismay that you'd listed a question of mine. I was really, really delighted to think you'd remembered this question. From my point of view, it meant so much to finally get this piece of music from the other side of the world within the day and it was duly warbled by moi, recorded for posterity and given to a friend who, thankfully, absolutely *adored* it (there's a significant 'provenance' associated with the song for her family). I was dismayed to see, however, that you put in a fair amount of effort for comparatively small recompense. So, in order to go some way towards rewarding you for the work you put in all those months ago, here's a no-brainer, one link, quickie that will, naturally, result in a superb answer, worthy of a quintustellar (??) rating. Why do cats purr?
Re: Question for willie.ga
Answered By: willie-ga on 19 May 2003 07:17 PDT
Thank you kindly , I wasn't complaining (honest)...I'm just happy to bring joy to other folks :) As to why cats purr..... The search term used (see below) yields a variety of links, raging from the extremely interesting to the completely useless. Here's the scientific view from the Scientific American: Ask the Expert: Biology site ( http://www.sciam.com/askexpert_question.cfm?articleID=0005CB0D-82FC-1E31-82FC809EC5880000 ): Leslie A. Lyons, an assistant professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, explains. "Although we assume that a cats purr is an expression of pleasure or is a means of communication with its young, perhaps the reasons for purring can be deciphered from the more stressful moments in a cats life. Cats often purr while under duress, such as during a visit to the veterinarian or when recovering from injury. Thus, not all purring cats appear to be content or pleased with their current circumstances. This riddle has lead researchers to investigate how cats purr, which is also still under debate. "Scientists have demonstrated that cats produce the purr through intermittent signaling of the laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. Cats purr during both inhalation and exhalation with a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing. "Because cats have adapted to conserve energy via long periods of rest and sleep, it is possible that purring is a low energy mechanism that stimulates muscles and bones without a lot of energy. The durability of the cat has facilitated the notion that cats have "nine lives" and a common veterinary legend holds that cats are able to reassemble their bones when placed in the same room with all their parts. Purring may provide a basis for this feline mythology. The domestication and breeding of fancy cats occurred relatively recently compared to other pets and domesticated species, thus cats do not display as many muscle and bone abnormalities as their more strongly selected carnivore relative, the domestic dog. Perhaps cats' purring helps alleviate the dysplasia or osteoporotic conditions that are more common in their canid cousins. "Although it is tempting to state that cats purr because they are happy, it is more plausible that cat purring is a means of communication and a potential source of self-healing. ..o0o.. Personally, I think they do it because they can! willie-ga Google search terms used: "why do cats purr"
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Yeah, if I could purr, I would. I know you weren't complaining, Willie. Your effort brought a lot of enjoyment to several people, more than you'll ever know, and it's my pleasure to revisit it and give you, hopefully, a fairer return on your effort. Best wishes. Hey, Pinkfreud, I used to have a dear old cat called 'Wombat' who used to sing a duet with my dog -- and I swear that they were singing lyrics. Wombie would do the "Yow, yow, yo-o-o-o-ow" part and Zac would do the "Woo, woo wo-o-o-o-o-oos". They'd even do little solos and then back together for the chorus.
Re: Question for willie.ga
From: pinkfreud-ga on 19 May 2003 07:28 PDT
My theory is that the purr is essentially a cat humming because he can't remember the lyrics. :-D
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