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My cat, a tortois shell beauty, who arrived at my door already spayed and declawed, has the loudest purr I have ever heard. Same say she sounds like a bull frog; others say she sounds like a pigeon. And she purrs all the time and when she is full voice, it seems like grand opera.

She seldom meows, but she can meow and will if she is particularly displeased or on occasion to get one's attention.

She is very friendly and greets all my B&B guests and then sings to them.

She has a fairly short, almost rounded snout and she gulps sometimes when she is purring.

Is anyone acquainted with a similar singing cat? Is it a characteristic of a particular breed? (I wish mine hadn't been spayed, because her purr is priceless and I would love to breed her).

She is a wonderful companion and a perfect inn cat.
post #2 of 17
Glad your lovely DSH girl is fixed.
post #3 of 17
There are breeds who are known to talk such as the siamese.

However, it does depend on the personality and upbringing of the cat, both of which cannot be determined by genetics. I've known one siamese who didn't talk at all and was silent apart from purring.

In my personal opinion, cats should only be bred by registered breeders. There are far too many kittens in the world with no homes to go to.

Thank the lucky stars that you have a healthy and well adjusted cat especially since she is declawed. Most declawed cats have behavioural issues.
post #4 of 17
I have an eight-month old tortie with the loudest motorboat purr I've ever heard too, and Kelsey also meows rarely. She's an outgoing little thing -- at six months, she was purring so loud at the vet's office he commented on it -- so she strolled across the exam table, rubbed up against his hand, and kissed his cheek. I also have her sister, a dilute tortie, who seems dilute in every way but one -- she purrs, but much quieter, she's not shy, but very cautious, but does she talk!! I don't know if it's a breed thing -- Kelsey's snout isn't blunt, although she seems well on her way to being a stocky little thing. Maybe it's part of the "tortie attitude" I'm beginning to hear about.

But the purr's great, isn't it?
post #5 of 17
Xena, the other kitten I adopted who is finally coming home this weekend is a tortie. When she was at the shelter and I was holding her, she had quite a motor too. We'll see what happens when she finally gets home.
post #6 of 17
My Finnegan just loves to sing! He barely ever meows unless he's unhappy with something but to get my attention he'll sing to me and he just LOVES to sing in his litter box! its so cute I wish I could get it on tape. Shadow never sang before and now he's learned from Fin and they'll talk to each other in their sing song voices.
post #7 of 17
rjl1, your cat sounds truly unique! How lucky for both of you that she showed up on your doorstep!

As other members have said, don't lament the fact that she's spayed - it shows that someone once cared enough about her to be responsible and do the right thing (though I am sorry she's declawed). We've all had cats that have been so special that we wish we could have them forever... In an effort to fulfill this wish, some people have bred their cats only to find that the special characteristic they so treasured, whether it's coloring, temperament, or "singing" is not in the kittens.

The bottom line is that each cat is truly an individual and the characteristics that make them special can not be duplicated. Enjoy your unique girl and be glad that she has not added to the horrendous problem of cat overpopulation in our country.
post #8 of 17
rjl1,

So glad your kitty found you!!! Please don't let it upset you that people are saying that they're glad she's spayed. We all mean well. It's just that there are so many cats without homes that breeding makes each of those cats less likely to find a home.

We used to have an inn cat who lived to be quite old. What is your tortie's name?
post #9 of 17
My tortie Rosie can be vocal, especially when the camera points at her then she chatters to it As everyones said all cats are different because when it comes to a purring contest Sophie beats Rosie hands down!. She can purr for England, especially when its bedtime and she settles down for the night or when you give her scritches and that sets her off

She sounds a sweetie any pictures of her?
post #10 of 17
Mabby doesnt meow, but she does sing, and does the pigion coo, and purrs like a mustang.......but no meow........it is very strange....but soooo adorable
post #11 of 17
I have a singer AND a talker.

My 'singer' cat is Snickers. He's part Maine Coone, very lovely and sweet. he has a rather high pitched voice. When he gets bored, he will stand in the center of the house and just 'sing'. It's not a meow! It's got a pretty sing-song quality to it. In the mid of the night when he does it, it's kind of scary sometimes because he sounds like he's hurt!

My talker cat is Hammie. He has his own language, and as he runs like a riot thru the house, he sounds like he's saying words. One morning while daughter and I were eating breakfast, Hammie was going from room to room... and we swore we heard him say, "Hello?". Hammie isn't any special breed... just an orange tabby.
post #12 of 17
Ghibli runs around having full length conversations with himself, and you can look at him and he'll pur.. of course, this comes with him making bread on my face at about 3:30 am :P
post #13 of 17
My CoCo is a DSH, with Siamese in him. It is true that they love to talk and sing. My baby boy is known to talk and then sing to me if I don't get up in time in the morning as well as throughout the day
post #14 of 17
Conner is a talker. All of my friends and family think he is just the weirdest cat because he coos and talks and chirps like a little bird,,and loudly! He will talk to himself, the wall, and anyone who will listen. I love it,, he is also a meow-er,,,especially when he wants his treats. He and I have little meowing conversations.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sanctie
Conner is a talker. All of my friends and family think he is just the weirdest cat because he coos and talks and chirps like a little bird,,and loudly! He will talk to himself, the wall, and anyone who will listen. I love it,, he is also a meow-er,,,especially when he wants his treats. He and I have little meowing conversations.
Funny you mention that..my Birman, aiko does that alllllll the time. And we have meowing conversations too.. Sometimes i wonder if she's just p.o'ed at me or something.. we have a fairly big house, and she could be on another floor than her and i can hear this ungodly loud meow.. i don't even know if you'd call it a meow. More like a Bell like ringing noise.. like BOOOWWWWW. Almost like a howl..then i just mimic what she said.. and she'll send me another howl.. she seems happy other than that.. so i've accepted this to be part of her vocabulary.. maybe she's just talking to herself.. i used to constantly run over to herwondering what was wrong.. her bowl was full, lots of water, litter box is clean..?? tried giving her treats... she continues to howl..who'll ever understand these creatures??? I keep hoping inmy next life i'll be a cat.. just so i can understand what is going on in those kittie minds
post #16 of 17
Don't have a singing cat, but the pony can play a tune when he breaks wind....sorry to lower the tone.

Sue
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sanctie
Conner is a talker. All of my friends and family think he is just the weirdest cat because he coos and talks and chirps like a little bird,,and loudly! He will talk to himself, the wall, and anyone who will listen. I love it,, he is also a meow-er,,,especially when he wants his treats. He and I have little meowing conversations.
Lion and Bear do this as well - they are constant chatterers and they both have this one sound that can only be descrbed as a trill. It has such a resonance to it and it shifts notes as they give it. Their sister, who has been in her own home since she was 20 weeks old, also does this. They constantly talk or trill away to themselves while playing, or call out ot each other - and me or one of the other cats. I have always 'talked' back to them, imitating their sounds and they seem to enjoy this. e can get quite an exchange going! I am very impressed with the range and variety of their 'vocabulary'. Abbie and Freija are also quite vocal in a more traditional cat tongue, although Freja gets a lot of little chirrups in when she plays with something. She also grumbles a lot:-) and you know when she is complaining about something. The only one who isn't vocal is my oldest Tristan. He is the biggest cat but has this little huffy type of purr and a plaintive 'meow'. He does have the most interesting 'call' when he has captured the cat dancer, though, and is carrying it around in his mouth.

Lion will sometimes come into a room and just talk 'at me' as if expecting to hold a conversation.It is so cute! And Bear has this distinct chirrup trill he uses when he wants one of the others to come and play with him. They do have distinct sounds for certain things that they want - such as 'the food dish is empty', or 'the litter box needs cleaning', or 'help, my toy is under the sofa', and the fun, mouth-full call of 'I've got prey' when they recover their missing toy, but sometimes they just mreow, and chirp and trill away to themselves, happy and expressive- and who knows what they are saying:-).

Kathryn
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