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Do cats only purr when happy

and how do you know if it's a happy purr or not?

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cats also pur because its a healing process so if they get hurt they will purr to help it

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Well if its not tense or sleeping its probably happy, they also purr to comfort themselves when they feel threatened.

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Ok because I got 3 feral cats today and one of them is on my lap purring but I just don't know if he's scared.
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probably not.
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If his ears are back and his fur is sticking up, then he is scared. But if he is on your lap I doubt he is scared.
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it's a happy purr when they are mad or scared that make that weird sound with hair standing up on their neck.

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you know that sound they make right before they try to claw your face off
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oh *they make that
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They will purr when threatened. Also, they purr when ill because it is a healing process. You can tell if it is a happy purr by the body language.
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I see my bros cat sits on my chest when I go to sleep and just sits there and purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs my hate for it right into me lol.
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Mine purrs in the car, with her ears flattened, body shaking, and fur sticking up. She does this to try to comfort herself from the terror of the car ride. But she purrs while she sits on my lap at night. Obviously happy then. :D My last cat purred while she sat at the vet office, very ill. She died shortly after. Her attempt at healing (cats purr when ill to bring healing) didn't work, sadly. :(
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No. They'll sometimes purr to indicate they want attention.

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My cat growing up purred when she was begging for food.
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I would think cats purr the same way dogs wag their tails

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Sometimes. But they also purr to comfort themselves when scared, and too help heal when ill.
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Most of the time, yes, they only purr when happy and contented. If they growl you know it's the other way around.

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Not so. They purr when ill and scared, too.
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It brings comfort and healing.
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They purr when happy, scared, and ill. You know it is a happy purr by the body language. If they are hiding, flattening their ears, or making their fur stick up they are scared or not feeling well. If they are relaxed, sitting on your lap, grooming, or rubbing against you or objects while purring they are happy.

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How do you know if a dumb cat is happy?

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