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post #1 of 13
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My two male cats don't purr often. Rocko does it maybe a few times over the year that I remember and ReeRee only a few times since i've had him! Fiona purrs all the time so she is not a probelm. But do any of you have cats that don't purr often? I am wondering if they are maybe unhappy somehow?
post #2 of 13
Purring is both an instinct and a habit. It has to do with kitten/mother interaction, as well as self-calming.

Every cat's purr is different. Punkin has a soft little purr that we rarely hear. Sterling rumbles like a tea pot when he's happy. And Ella has a snorking sound in her purr that is really funny.
post #3 of 13
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What is interesting is that ReeRee is very vocal but doesn't purr. I heard him do it maybe twice the whole two years ive had him. Rocko doesn't meow unless I am brushing him and he is getting upset. But he also doesn't purr often either. Maybe a few times a year. I wonder what kind of interaction they had with their mothers. Does Freud apply to cats? Rocko is extremely affectionate and needy. ReeRee still sucks on Fiona toes and makes biscuits on her furry bib. Makes me wonder now what kind of early life they had and how it shaped them.
post #4 of 13
I'm not sure how much Genever purrs, since I've only actually heard her purr once in the last almost 6 months we've had her. However, If I'm holding or petting her, I can feel her throat vibrating so I know she does purr. Just like a silent purr.

My cat Polly who's with my mom in PA purrs really loudly, as soon as you start to pet het.

I miss purr, I want louder purr!!
post #5 of 13
Are you sure he's not purring much I only ask that as I thought that about Sabastian after Jaspers wild rumblings it was odd not hearing it but my hubby started pointing it out and he purs quite a lot but a lot of the time you have to feel him to realise he's doing it he's just got a really soft purrrrrrrrr instead of the lion growl I was used to
post #6 of 13
My cat purrs all the time Sometimes I can't even hear the TV
post #7 of 13
I don't know the answer to the question; I don't recall if I've had cats that didn't purr or purred less than others, but I will say that Gigi, my four month old kitten purrs as soon as you touch her! I love it She's a very purry furry
post #8 of 13
Lucy is a "silent" purrer; you have to feel her throat. Moose "sputters" with a nasal purr. Rocky is the loudest; I wonder if that's because he's the largest of the three?
post #9 of 13
All six of my foster boys purr, purr, purr. It's fun to be on the bed or on the floor with them and have 3 or 4 of them laying around me purring!
post #10 of 13
I love the name Rocko, my cousin's cat's name is rocko and he is an all black kitty with emerald green eyes (a siamese mix)
Anyway just had to comment on the name cuz I think it's so unique and cute!
Jake purrs a lot. It is so weird. He purrs when he humps my pillows which he does a lot. And the other day I startled him and he arched back and hissed because I scared him but as soon as he realized it was just me- he bagan to purr really loudly. I wonder if he was communicating with me?? I don't know...It freaks me out though he purrs too much He purrs when eating, when I come home after school and he first sees me, when I play with him...less so when I pet him but if I pet him when I first come in, it's like a motor boat!
And since I spoke of my cousins' cat Rocko He never purrs. He loves being petted though. He's 16 now and every time you get anywhere close to him he will rub himself all over your feet begging to get some love. And when I pet him- it's like he turns and twists trying to get more rubbing out of my hand There is no doubt he's a happy cat! Jake never does this but purrs wayy more. Jake barely ever comes asking for love he's not very tame and likes to fight more than he likes to get petted.
post #11 of 13
Alley has a fairly quiet purr.Usually I feel it more than hear it.She purrs a lot because everytime I`m touching/petting her or close enough to do she is purring.Kind of cool.At night time when the house is silent I can hear her loud and clear.
post #12 of 13
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Since posting this I've paid attention looking for the "silent" purr. Rocko does it alot. ReeRee still doesn't do it alot but more than I thought. His is actually pretty weak also. But it's there.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by ut0pia View Post
I love the name Rocko, my cousin's cat's name is rocko and he is an all black kitty with emerald green eyes (a siamese mix)
Anyway just had to comment on the name cuz I think it's so unique and cute!
Jake purrs a lot. It is so weird. He purrs when he humps my pillows which he does a lot. And the other day I startled him and he arched back and hissed because I scared him but as soon as he realized it was just me- he bagan to purr really loudly. I wonder if he was communicating with me?? I don't know...It freaks me out though he purrs too much He purrs when eating, when I come home after school and he first sees me, when I play with him...less so when I pet him but if I pet him when I first come in, it's like a motor boat!
And since I spoke of my cousins' cat Rocko He never purrs. He loves being petted though. He's 16 now and every time you get anywhere close to him he will rub himself all over your feet begging to get some love. And when I pet him- it's like he turns and twists trying to get more rubbing out of my hand There is no doubt he's a happy cat! Jake never does this but purrs wayy more. Jake barely ever comes asking for love he's not very tame and likes to fight more than he likes to get petted.
Can't take credit for the name Rocko. He came with the name but I liked it enough to keep it. It suits him.
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