The lady that brought me into this world is affectionately called cat. She was given that nickname because she had so many cats growing up.  I remember we always had a cat when I was growing up.

As a curious kid I wanted to know why cats made that funny noise, commonly referred to as purring. She would always tell me the cat was talking to me. She would tell me that’s the cat’s way of communicating.

Today she called to remind me to call my dad and wish him a happy birthday.  Then she had to go prepare the cat’s food.  Yes she still has a few cats.

She never told me why cats purr so I decided to find out on my own.  To my surprise I found that cat’s purr for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons are they want to be fed.

I also found that a cat’s purr could be healthy for humans too.  A 10 year study at the University of Minnesota  Stroke Center found that cat owners were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack than non-cat owners, purring might play a role in that.  Read more.