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How do cats purr?

How do cats purr? Research has shown that cats’ muscles move the vocal cords and, as they breathe in and out, air hits the vibrating muscles, which creates the purring sound. You probably didn’t know that cats that purr can’t roar, and cats that roar can’t purr, because of the small bone found inside the vocal cords, which in roaring cats, is a flexible bone. This allows big cats to make a deep, roaring sound but in domestic cats is completely hardened and only allows air vibrations while exhaling and inhaling. Researchers have also recently identified a new purr called the ‘solicitation purr,’ which alters the normal purr into a more urgent ‘cry-like’ sound, which is similar to that of a crying baby, so that we instinctively want to help. [...]

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In the Wildfire Aftermath, CA Shelters Work Together to Save Pets

The devastating wildfires that have destroyed thousands of miles of land and claimed the lives of dozens in Northern California has also put many of the region’s animals in grave danger, including house pets and stray animals. As the natural disaster rages on, animal shelters in the area have been working around the clock to help cats and dogs in need of medical care, food, water and a safe place to stay. Wendy Welling, the director of community and customer relations for the Sonoma Humane Society (SHS), tells PawCulture that the SHS and Sonoma County Animal Services (SCAS) have been working together to help each other, and the animals, through the crisis. SCAS is the region’s government shelter and the lead agency for disaster relief efforts, including search and rescue efforts by animal control officers. Both groups, Welling says, are providing emergency medical and sheltering services. Welling adds that both organizations have been dealing with an influx of animals, including pets that became separated from their families during evacuations. She says some of the most common injuries the groups have seen on animals brought into their facilities include singed fur, whiskers and burned paw pads. Anyone in the region who finds an animal in distress should take them immediately to SHS or SCAS, Welling says. Pet parents who have been displaced from their cat, dog, rabbit or other pet have 30 days to reunite with their animal, Welling says. If a pet remains unclaimed after that time period, they are placed into the shelter’s adoption program, she says. As terrifying and tragic as these circumstances are, Welling says there are incredible stories unfolding daily, including one family pet, a three-legged German Shepherd, who alerted his family to the fire and helped get them all to safety even before the evacuations began. [...]

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Puppies rescued from abandoned car were among 44 dogs brought to Calgary animal group this week

Four puppies, all just a few weeks old, were recently found using an abandoned car for shelter in central Alberta. Two adult dogs were with them — injured by quills from a porcupine. The dog believed to be the puppies’mother was emaciated, her ribs seen clear as day through her coat of fur.
The pack of six was rescued and brought to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) a few days ago. They were six of 44 dogs brought in to the non-profit rescue group just this week. Now, AARCS is reaching out for help finding people to open their hearts and homes to foster the animals.“We’re just looking for people that are willing to bring an animal into their home [and] treat them as their own family pet until we can find them a new adoptive home,” AARCS’ executive director Deanna Thompson said.[...]

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