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Purrhaps you’re wondering why cats purr?

Kathleen Williams-Miller
Smokey is a 12-year-old, gray and white domestic-shorthair. He is simply beautiful with his gorgeous sparkling green eyes. He is a bit shy at first but warms up to people he knows. This guy would love a home for Christmas. Make his dream come true and come out to take him home.

Purring is believed to be a form of communication although experts don’t know exactly what cats are saying when they purr. Purring is associated with positive social situations like nursing, grooming, relaxing and being friendly. With the exceptions of lions, leopards, jaguars and tigers, most cats purr.

Cats purr by using their larynx and diaphragm muscles both as they inhale and exhale. Just how the contractions are controlled is still a mystery. Purring is an intimate activity because cats purr at a frequency and volume too low to travel far. Kittens purr when they are only a few days old, which helps them bond with their mother. Mother cats use it as a lullaby.

When a cat is hungry they purr by combining their normal purr with an unpleasant cry or mew that sounds a bit like a baby’s cry. My cat, Troutie, was an expert at this, and I would immediately feed her. Actually, I could tell the difference between a relaxed purr and the starving purr.

Most cats purr when they get hurt or are in pain. It might be a way for a cat to soothe itself, but research suggests that purring actually helps cats get better faster. The low frequency of purring, about 26 Hertz, is in a range that promotes tissue regeneration. Purring causes a series of related vibrations within the body that can heal bones and wounds, ease breathing and lessen pain and swelling.

I guess purring is the most purrfect way for a cat to keep happy and healthy; it’s absolute purrfection!


Pine shavings for guests’ kennels.

Bleach to clean guests’ kennels.

Aluminum cans: we are still taking them. If you have cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500), and we’ll come get them.

Folks who need their animals spay/neutered for free. Details are below. This is a limited time offer until the funds run out. Apply soon or you will miss your chance.


Diane Peters for her generous donation. Paws applause to you!

Rema White for the big bag of cans. All tails are wagging for you!


CAPS will be at Walmart on Saturday with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by for a pooch smooch. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you get a pooch smooch! Don’t forget to get a CAPS 2020 calendar.

Christmas on the Farm on Dec. 21 at Lattin Farms. Please come by and see us and vote for our booth. All funds for this event will be donated to a local non-profit.


December Pet Holiday: National Cocoa Day is December 13. Cuddle up with your cat and a hot cup of cocoa. Purrfect!

Christmas for CAPS: please sign up for Amazon Smiles so we can get monetary support from your purchases. You can also donate directly on Facebook by just hitting the donate button. You are our Santa Claus, and we thank you for your support!

CAPS 2020 calendars are now available call: 775-423-7500.

CAPS is offering free spay/neutering through a grant from Maddie’s Fund.

This offer is good until funds run out. To qualify you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2018 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or Veteran’s disability card including a photo ID. Also required is a Churchill County ID. For more information, call CAPS at 775-423-7500.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me, jkwmil@outlook.com.