Cats Stop Purring at the Sound of Running Water
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Q. When I listen to my cat's heart, why should she not be purring?
 
A. Veterinarian ausculating a cat next to a sink with running waterSome cats purr when they are in a veterinary exam room and are anxious. Purring may be a way of calming themselves down. When a cat is purring, it is almost impossible to hear the cat's heart or lungs very well. Many cats will stop purring if they see running water from a faucet in front of them. So by turning on the faucet, your veterinarian is probably trying to get your cat to stop purring so your cat can get a better exam.

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