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Why Do Cats Purr?

Do cats only purr when they are happy? Or have you been misled this whole time.

Dr. Mel sets the record straight...


“Why do cats purr? Especially when they are in the consult room and they’re meant to be stressed out. They can purr for a couple of reasons. You know that when you are patting them and they are loving it they purr and that’s because it says I’m being submissive, I’m relaxed and I’m comfortable. Kittens do it when their mother is nursing them.

Also they think that when a cat purrs it releases a chemical in the brain that makes a cat less anxious. So that could be why when they’re in the consult room they tend to purr. It’s a nervous purr. It could also be saying to the vet 'hey I'm not a threat to you, don’t hurt me I’m submissive to you'.


QUICK FACT

Purring says happy, nervous or submissive


But they are the things we sort of have to get around in a consult room. We don’t have a sink in here so we will go in the other room ok? And you can stop that purring, and the biting. Thank-you. “

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.