Sunny Sunday

 Laughing Cats

Laughing Cats

CURLING UP WITH your favorite ball of fur as she purrs away is pretty close to heaven, at least for cat folk. Yet, hidden between those vibrations, that most appealing of domestic sounds remains wrapped in mystery, and even a little magic.

No one is certain exactly why cats purr, though there are a number of good guesses. The obvious observation is cats seem to purr when they’re pleased and feeling good. But that’s not always the case: Some cats also purr when they’re hungry, injured, or frightened. And most surprisingly, purring frequencies have been shown to stimulate bone regeneration—yes, bone regeneration.

Cats purr by using their larynx and diaphragm muscles, both as they inhale and as they exhale, although just how the central nervous system generates and controls those contractions isn’t yet understood. Early 19th century taxonomists thought cats could either purr or roar, and split the family Felidae along these lines—“purrers’ (subfamily Felinae) and ‘roarers’ (subfamily Pantherinae).

@ WIRED

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16 Responses to Sunny Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Happy Mothers Day wishes to DWF’s resident Mother, Carol who should be in the process of being spoiled by her children as I type.
    We used to have more mothers around here but they all left 😦

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  2. jimhitchcock says:

    The cat in the center clearly knows she’s the belle of the ball, black cat to her right is all wide eyed in a ‘whad’da I do now kind of way, and the dude on their far right is definitely a Hobbit, maybe one of Bilbo’s grandsons.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Beyond belief.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    No trains in Pullman anymore.

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  5. Den says:

    Amtrak lists Dissmore’s IGA Supermarket as a station but it must be bus to a train somewhere else then.

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  6. Den says:

    A looney in the complex acting absurdly telling me I was going to kill someone tonight, I shut the door on the idiot which I suspect is a transient, ugh!

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  7. Den says:

    Off to sheepland for me These looneys wear me out.

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