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Purrless Cat

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Out of my 4 cats, I have one who will not/can not purr.
No joke, she has NEVER purred. Not even once. She talks alot, she talks so much we call her the informer. If something got knocked over or a mess is made she comes to us and meows forever, or at least untill she feels you understand. BUT, she has never purred...Anyone have a cat that is purrless? She is my Black and white kitty.
post #2 of 13
How old is she? Our Monster didn't start purring until she was 2 yrs old, and even then we couldn't hear it but could feel it at times. Of course, Monster had other issues going on. I think as long as she's talking to you, coming to you, eating and pooping ok, everything should be fine. Some cats just aren't the purring type. That is only one way they show they are happy.
post #3 of 13
My Jade has such a tiny purr that you can't hear it at all, and you can barely feel it, and only then if you really try.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Bandit is 16 months old. She is fat and sassy and is a happy girl. She just is missing her purr bone I guess.
post #5 of 13
They will surprise you sometimes.

I suppose it's possible to find a cat who can't purr for some physical reason. But it's more likely that either they have an extremely soft purr, or they just aren't easily motivated to purr.

Our Punkin, for example, would seem to be purrless. Until you pick him up. Then, he will purr all the time he is struggling to get down. Silly cats!
post #6 of 13
Our Ming Loy didn't purr until she was 3-something! She was a very happy-go-lucky girl - but she was very uninterested in us or pets. She could not stand to be touched, really, and forget about picking her up. She loved playing, period. She loved playing with the other cats, with lots of toys, and with us - with interactive wand toys.

One day, I sat down on the floor, put some treats out for her next to me - she came over, ate them, and climbed into my lap. She stayed for about 60 seconds. I have no idea if she purred or not. But after that she'd do that every month or so, and each lap visit lasted just a little longer. Finally, I could feel her barely perceptible purr if I put my hand on her tummy! (DON'T MOVE THAT HAND OR SHE WILL FLY OUT OF THE LAP! )

And Billy? He's one of those that you can't tell he's purring unless you put your hand on his tummy. Him and Ming Loy - it's weird. Everyone else you can "see" purring, or "hear" purring - and you can feel it in their throat or on their chest. Billy you can only tell if you put your hand on his tummy - and then it's just barely perceptible. I have to ask Gary every once in a while - is Bill purring?

So you never know. It could just be you can't tell.

post #7 of 13
My RB boy, Harvey never purred...ever. He came to live with us when he was 10, but we knew his former family well and he never purred with them either. He showed his happiness in other ways.
post #8 of 13
I had owned Callie for about 2 years before she started purring, and then it was very quietly. I had to feel her to see if she was purring. Over the years, as she became more secure in her forever home, she started purring loudly. Now, she's LOUD when she purrs!
post #9 of 13
There's quite a variation to purring as far as volume and vibration and frequency.

Midori our family cat purrs often but the volume is real low. Its easier to feel than hear somtimes.

Aya didn't start up until after turning 4m/o. And then she sounded like a loud badly tuned lawnmover (this is a cat who is barely 2.5 kilos and will probably not be large). She rarely purrs, 1 or 2times a day for about 5minutes, but its about the only time you can pet her when she's not sleeping.
post #10 of 13
George, who's 7, doesn't purr. If you put your ear up to his body, you can hear the motor running, but there isn't an actual purr that you can hear. He does however, do some heavy breathing when he's content!
post #11 of 13
i thought for a long time that my Java didn't purr... turns out, her purr is SO quiet that it's rarely audible. even a ceiling fan on low will drown her out!
post #12 of 13
My Zane has a very loud purr, and sometimes it changes its tone. For example, if it starts to get a metallic timbre, that means that he's beginning to be overstimulated and will probably bite.
post #13 of 13
We cannot hear little Mika purr but can feel it slightly. Bijou, on the other hand, starts to loudly purr if you just look at him or talk to him. We can hear his purr from some distance away.
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