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post #1 of 29
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The reason I ask is one of mine, Melisse, didn't purr until she was 2 or 3 years old. First of all, she doesn't like to be in our arms and makes disgusted faces at us, miaw desperately like we were torturing her, throw her paws at who passes by like she was asking for help. :laughing::laughing::laughing:

Anyway, the first time, we thought we heard her purr, she was bathing in a pool of sun, relaxed, looking happy. I stroke her back and I thought I heard a tiny, tiny purr, but as soon as i felt her throat.. she stopped! Damn it!

Since then, she has been purring more and more (always when she is in the sun or sleeping, sometimes when she is on our knees (but keep in mind that she is the one that chooses to be there, if we take her, she runs...) My husband says that's because she is getting old and I prefer to think that it's because she feels better...

Do you have similar stories?
post #2 of 29
I used to think that one of my cats didn't purr. But once I put my ear to her chest and I could hear her purring away! It was like this throughout her life....she purred often, but so softly it was almost impossible to hear.

I have another cat who purrs all of the time. She even starts purring when she sees me petting one of the other cats! She's one happy kitty!
post #3 of 29
Hmmmm..... I think kitties have to mature to a certain age before they can actually purr, but Im not sure what that age is! I think some cats must take a little longer to develop than others, and some cats just don't purr cos they don't feel like it I guess!!! One of my kittys is nearly a year old and she hardly ever purrs, she is a happy and healthy girl, she just doesn't purr much!! It takes some serious fussing to get her going and even then she doesn't do it for long!!
All my other babies purr like mad!!

post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
Bolover, we only need to look at Sebastian for him to start purring, it feels so good...

Anne-Claire
post #5 of 29
Savannah purrs if you touch her! She'll be sleeping
and she will be quiet. As soon as you move, she purrs!
It is so nice to fall asleep to purring in the dark!
I am so used to that now! She purrs when you are petting her (automatically)!

That is a great question about an age that cats purr? I can't
remember when Savannah was 12 weeks old if she purred or not
because she wouldn't sit still long enough and played all the
time (unless she napped!). She was a little fluff ball!
post #6 of 29
my cats purr, and they are somewhere between 8 to 10 months old.
post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
I have had kitties purring at 1 month old....

So trying to summarize everybodies answers: all cats purr and... in a cat fashion way, they only purr when they WANT!!! And not whe we want...

So cattish...:angel2:

Anne-Claire
post #8 of 29
Chloe puurrs only when she is in the mood to purr. She has to be totally relaxed and at ease. She is very skittish around other people and loud noises outside, but if she's pretty calmed and wound down then we get a few purrs out of her. Mostly I think when we are in bed with her is where she does it the most. But occasionally she'll grace us with her vocal chords in the living room as well.
post #9 of 29
Violet purrs and she is 3 months old. She is very loud when she purrs. All I have to do is walk into the room. Simon purrs at night. DeDe purrs but it is very quiet.
post #10 of 29
My Sebastian will start purring at the moment I am within 3 feet of him.. and he purrs so-o-o-o-o-o-o loudly!

Jake purrs when he is in the lovey dovey mood.. and when he curls up next to Sebastian. (Jake loves Sebastian and snuggles with him when-ever possible)

Drew on the other hand.. he doesn't purr that often.. only when he's in the mood to be lovey and snuggle and such.. which isn't very often. Hehe when he does though he has the softest purr. It's weird.. the biggest of all three with the softish meow and lightest purr. Go figure!
post #11 of 29
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Originally posted by Cassandra_Starr
My Sebastian will start purring at the moment I am within 3 feet of him.. and he purrs so-o-o-o-o-o-o loudly!
LOL! Our Sebastian does that too! May be it's a Sebastian's thingy. :laughing2:laughing2:laughing2

Anne-Claire
post #12 of 29


That's a really interesting question...some of my cats purr, but some of them purr louder like REALLY LOUD; while Opie (he's the Alpha and the largest kitty) I would think he would purr with a vengence, instead he just does this loud breathing thing :laughing: it's really adorable while he sits on my lap and does that while he kneads his paws on my jeans. :LOL::LOL: He's such a big baby! Poor big baby doens't have a loud motor :laughing:

Love, Peace &

post #13 of 29
5 of mine purr and Little Red can't.......she drools and kneeds when happy - her only vocalizations are squeaks!
post #14 of 29
My Eric is a champion purrer! A purring engine - he purrs when I look at him and smiles!
My mum's Nikki though (he's Siamese) purrs only in the morning when he gives her kisses and you can only hear him if you press your ear against his chest.
Anne-Claire I gues you're right about cats doing alwasy what THEY want
post #15 of 29
Anne-Claire, Billie, and all; As my cats have reminded me many times: "Of course, we do what WE WANT, WHEN WE WANT. If we did what YOU WANT when you want, or; what you TAUGHT us to do; we would be called "Dogs". . . . . .
post #16 of 29
My Mandy was able to purr from the time I got her at about 5 weeks. She would purr at night when she laid on my pillow to go to sleep. This continued until she was about 3 months old.

At 3 months she decided to not sleep on the pillow and she stopped purring. Since then she only purrs when she lies on my chest. (at night, lying in bed) Then she purrs and sucks on one foot pad and kneads with the other.

Now at 9 1/2 months she has purred a couple of times when not lying on my chest. But when she does after a minute or so she is compelled to lie down and suck on her paw! She makes as much noise sucking on her paw as with the purring. After 5-10 minutes she is ready for sleep and gets down & walks to the foot of the bed where she flops down full length to sleep.

I was rather concerned about her not purring more but see from this thread that she is just showing another of the many variants of cat behavior. She is just NOT the purry, lovey, cuddly cat I had hoped she would be. (I still love her thought!)
post #17 of 29
I have the original purring, chirping machine!
post #18 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by threeleggedkat




Anne-Claire, Billie, and all; As my cats have reminded me many times: "Of course, we do what WE WANT, WHEN WE WANT. If we did what YOU WANT when you want, or; what you TAUGHT us to do; we would be called "Dogs". . . . . .
So when We think They are doing what We want, they are tricking us to think that way... ~

Anne-Claire
post #19 of 29
All of our cats purr , but the frequency, volume andf occasion varies with all of them. Our little Rocky was purring on the first day we found him....at 3 weeks of age. K.C. purrs softly, and only when you pet him. When Tigger was with us his pur was loud enough to wake you up! Honestly, it sometimes sounded more like a loud snore.
post #20 of 29
You guys probably know this, but cats even purr when they're scared or injured!! When my Tetley was hit by a car, we found him and took him inside, he didn't have any use of his back legs and his stomach had swollen to twice the size but he was still purring away to us, he was trying to make his way to his favorite chair so we picked him up and put him in his favorite spot (right on the top!! like a king! ) and he purred even more.

Poor little guy, he fought as hard as he could to stay with us, but just couldn't refuse the call of the bridge.....

Bless my little baby we love him so much....


(sorry for going off on one there people! )
post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
Bodlover, that's so sad...

I am so sad when I read those stories, I don't like to think that one day they leave us...

But yes, sometimes my cats purr at the vet....

Anne-Claire
post #22 of 29
The latest research suggests that purring may have healing capabilities for a cat. That was in last month's Cat Fancy.
post #23 of 29
Dear Rhea :angel2:

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty Tetly...

Please don't apologize for showing your feelings hon....

I have heard cats purr when they're in pain. I know Kadaffi did while he was suffering before he passed away.

Love, Peace &
post #24 of 29
The two babies I bottle fed, and felt so bad about losing, they purred. They were only two weeks old....but they purred.
post #25 of 29
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Quote:
Originally posted by Debby
The two babies I bottle fed, and felt so bad about losing, they purred. They were only two weeks old....but they purred.
WOW! at 2 weeks! That's the first I hear of so early...

Anne-Claire
post #26 of 29
All of our cats purr, but they all have different purrs. :flash: Cinnamon has a quiet purr and you cannot hear her. Fluffy is the same way. The only way you can hear them purr is if you put your ear close to them or touch their necks.:laughing2: Now, the bengals are different. Gizmo has an extremely loud purr! It sounds like he is snorting at times! Scooter is an extremely loud purrer. I've noticed in kittens, especially, that their purrs are really loud!! Tigger, Scooter and Gizmo all sound like they have a loud motor running!:LOL:
post #27 of 29
Anne-Claire,
After I would feed them with the bottle, they would snuggle up against my neck, and when I laid my head on them, I could hear the tiny purring!!!
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Debby
Anne-Claire,
After I would feed them with the bottle, they would snuggle up against my neck, and when I laid my head on them, I could hear the tiny purring!!!
Oh... they give us sooo much love....

Anne-Claire
post #29 of 29
Both of my cats purr. Especially when I am petting them. I don't notice it much otherwise.
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