If your feline friend is purring away, it may not all be hunky-dory

When a cat purrs, you might think it is as simple as a human smiling or a dog wagging its tail joyfully, but it’s more complicated than that.

Cats don’t just purr when they’re happy but also when they’re distressed or afraid, according to pet nutritionists Purina.

Evidence shows that purring is not only a method of communication. but a defence mechanism and way to keep calm in stressful or painful situations, such as when visiting the vet or giving birth.