If your cat does not stop purring, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you should or should not do about it.
It is likely that your cat is purring because they are happy. However, purring may be a sign of stress, or pain and it could be the case that your cat is trying to tell you that it wants something.
There are actually many reasons why cats purr and it is not only to show that they are happy. There are some things you can consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat purrs a lot.

Why doesn’t my cat stop purring?

Below are likely reasons why your cat does not stop purring.

Happy

It could be the case that your cat has been purring because they are happy. This would be more likely if your cat purrs when they are relaxed and resting. It would also be more likely if the sound of the purr is a constant low pitched sound.

Stressed

Cats will also purr when they are stressed. This is because purring is a way for cats to calm themselves. Purring releases endorphins, which can help reduce stress. Stress would be more likely to be the reason if your cat also shows other signs of being stressed such as hiding or if your cat does it more in certain situations such as when a dog is around.

Purring is also believed to have healing properties and it has been shown that cats who are exposed to loud sounds or suffer from anxiety will often purr louder and more frequently in order to self-soothe themselves.

Communication

Cats can also purr as a way of communicating with each other. The frequency of the sound may change in these instances but the rhythm remains the same. This is because cats have unique vocal cords that allow them to produce sounds at different frequencies and rhythms.

Purrs can be used to calm other cats down, convey affection and even show submission to a dominant cat.

Pain

It is also the case that cats will often purr when they are in pain. This is because purring can act as a self-soothing mechanism. It would be more likely that your cat has been purring a lot due to pain if they have started doing it suddenly and if they have been showing signs of being in pain such as limping.

Your cat wants something from you

When cats want something, they do something known as a solicitation purr.
A solicitation purr is a type of purr that cats make when they want something, such as food or attention. This purr is usually louder and more persistent than a normal purr, and it may be accompanied by meowing or other vocalizations.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been purring a lot.

When your cat purrs

It would help to consider the timing of when your cat purrs. If your cat purrs more when they are resting, it would be more likely that they are happy. If your cat tends to do it more when certain people are around or in other situations where your cat might be stressed, it would be more likely to be due to stress.

If your cat has always purred constantly

It would also help to consider if your cat has always done it or if it has started recently. If it has started recently, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started. For example, if it happened when your cat started showing signs of injury, it could actually be the case that your cat has been doing it due to an injury.

Is it normal for a cat to constantly purr?

It is not uncommon for cats to purr a lot. However, it is not normal for a cat to purr 24/7. If your cat literally does not stop purring, it may be cause for concern and you may want to take your cat for a checkup.

What to do if my cat won’t stop purring?

Below are things you can do if your cat will not stop purring.

Nothing

As mentioned above, it is not uncommon for cats to purr a lot. If your cat has been purring a lot while seeming to be relaxed, it would be likely that your cat is purring because they are happy. In this case, it would be best to do nothing about it.

Limit reasons why your cat might be stressed

As mentioned above, it could be the case that your cat has been purring a lot due to being stressed. If it seems likely that your cat has been doing it due to stress, it would help to limit reasons why your cat might be stressed such as by letting your cat stay in a different part of the house.

Take your cat for a checkup

If your cat literally does not stop purring or they have been showing signs of injury or you are just concerned for your cat, consider taking your cat for a checkup with the vet. By doing so, you should be able to rule out any medical causes and get expert advice tailored towards your particular cat.

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