Here is another, “I don’t think this means what you think it means” entry. This is a selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever. Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!
Cats purr. They purr when they’re happy, and sometimes when they’re unhappy. They purr when they’re hungry, although that purr may sound slightly different than an emotional purr.
But their purrs are more than simply a Mood Broadcasting System. Even human scientists have started to theorize that the vibrations of feline laryngeal muscles have something to do with healing, lessening pain and swelling, and building muscle.
That is, in fact, exactly what is happening.
When the MBS activates, it’s secondary purpose cannot be avoided. Calm, even in an angry feline, will sweep through the feline purring as well as all living creatures surrounding it. When the cause is happiness, everyone is happy, mellow, and relaxed.
When the cause is anger, pain, or other negative triggers, the purrs serve to relax the feline in question. This allows it to move its attention to the danger at hand, for instance, rather than the result of the danger which may include injury.
Continuous activation of the MBS is not taxing. In fact, it acts as an emergency signal for a feline’s nanites. They will not require a direct command from their host to distribute white blood cells and begin internal repairs.
Which is advantageous when lives are on the line.