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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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A quiet purr

For the longest time, I didn't think my boy Teddy EVER purred. One day, I was giving him some snuggles and I felt a vibration in is throat. I put my ear on his neck and lo and behold, he was purring. Since then I've noticed he purrs a LOT but not ever to the point where you can hear it unless you put your ear on him.

Is this normal?

Leo, on the other hand, purrs like a hemi motor.

Maybe Teddy just never learned to "project" his purrs because the vibrations in their necks feels the same.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 04:41 PM
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some cats just purr softer than others...no worries.


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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 07:13 PM
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I posted a thread a few months ago on the topic of why my girls never purr. A lot of people responded to say they might be purring, but so quietly that I wouldn't hear it unless I put my ear on their neck. Regrettably, every time I've tried to put my ear on their neck, they wonder what the heck I'm up to, and they run away! So, I'm still in the dark. But it sounds like soft purring is common.

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Yeah, my cats have very different purrs. Ironically, Apollo, the super noisy meower and triller, has a very quiet, barely audible purr most of the time. Athena, who is usually a silent or quiet/hoarse meower has an insanely loud purr.

It's funny.
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I find that the volume of Mow's purr is in direct relation to how much drool pours out of his mouth. The louder the purr the droolier the cat.
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I have to put my hand on Cali's throat to see if she's purring. I can usually hear Charlee's purr.

Cleo has a loud, panther purr, no need for the hand.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 04:46 PM
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My boy has a louder purr than my girl's who's purr is almost inaudible except when she gets near the computer and wants to push keys, then it gets louder and like MowMow's cat drools..... all over the keyboard! Yuck!
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Yup, it's perfectly normal. All three of my girls have different volumes to their purrs. Samantha sounds like a V8, Alice is audible but quiet and low, and Rochelle is so quiet you have to lean in real close to her or put a hand on her throat to know she's doing it.

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Allegro purrs like a diesel engine, but with his sister Coda, you can't actually hear her purr--you have to place your hand by her throat to feel the soft vibration. That's just as charming, to me!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 11:28 PM
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A few months after I got Nebbie, I kept thinking I heard a truck idling outside. Every time I went to see what it was (figuring it was some sort of delivery), there would be nothing there. Eventually I figured out it was Nebbie purring!

Paizly has a very quiet purr, most of the time. Only when she's settled down and TOTALLY relaxed (usually at night, on my bed, and Nebbie's not around), does she get loud enough for me to hear it, rather than feel it.
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