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A cat’s Purr

 
 
Linkat
 
Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 02:21 pm
I have two cats. One cat's purr is so loud you can hear it from the next room. I love her purr and find it comforting and it even helps me sleep. My husband cannot stand it and find's it annoying. My other cat, you have to put your ear to his tummy to hear his purr. Why are cat's purrs so different? Is it because my male cat is heavier that you cannot hear his purr through his layer of fat? I suspect it could also be laziness. My male cat is so lazy, he waits for you to open a gate he can easily jump over rather than exert himself. Perhaps his laziness makes his purr lame too.
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Vivien
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 02:24 pm
I don't think it is the layers of fat! Rosie is putting on weight now but has been a skinny little thing and you can rarely hear her purr - you can feel it though when you put your hand on her tummy.

I wondered if it is because she is an orphan - i reared her from 2 weeks old and wondered if she hadn't learnt to purr from her mum. She is very quiet vocally and rarely miaows. She swears dreadfully when things don't suit - not a ladylike young madam!
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 02:28 pm
At home we have the world's fattest cat. And it's the one that purrs (and snores) the loudest.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:01 pm
Is it a female? I am beginning to develop a bit of a female=loud purrer theory.

Though I have had one male cat who purred very loudly..
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:02 pm
Yeah but so are all the others. Actually the cat with the loudest puur I know is male. It's justabrat's cat. Also the largest (not fattest) cat I know. He's bigger than a german shepherd.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:04 pm
My current female purrs amazingly loudly - but it is quite high up the puur frequency-o-meter. When she is very excited - which is often, cos she is of that temperament - she trills in an almost operatic manner! And - I notice that when my boy cat is excited his purr is higher, and louder, too.

Perhaps the lower purrs get into being partly too low for us to hear - sub-sonics, is it, like lots of elephant communication is in rumbles which ar emainly too low for our hearing?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:05 pm
Hmmm - sounds like he's competing with Boida's Mikey! We oughta have photos of both next to a standard measure and compare....or just measure 'em...
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:07 pm
I think he's over a meter long. His paws are about as big as a decent sand dollar.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:11 pm
What the smeg is a sand dollar?
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caprice
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:16 pm
http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/pterodactyl/sand%20dollar.jpg

Definition
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:25 pm
Thankee - well, how big are they? Is that actual size?
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caprice
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:32 pm
I believe they are much smaller than that if memory serves. Probably a bit less than half the diameter of the pic above.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:34 pm
Thing is each of us are seeing that pic at different sizes.

Ok, let's try this: his paw is about as big as the bottom of a small paper cup.
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caprice
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:37 pm
About an inch and a three quarters. That should solve it! Mr. Green
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:44 pm
My cat snores too. Most amusing. (He denies it)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 03:46 pm
I bet I would win a small cat competition!

I so have to get Boida over here after work...
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colorbook
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 07:15 pm
I had a cat named Crystal. She got so fat, we all started to call her Crisco (brand name for vegetable shortening). She would purr so loud, it sounded like coffee percolating. She was diagnosed as a diabetic and lived a short life.
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joe harris
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 08:30 pm
Pets & Garden ;

O.K. you cat lovers here is one for you...My cat "SNOW" is a stray,have had her for about eight to ten years.She went to the vet when she was young and is now an old maid.

During the past years she has always used her box which I changed daily. About a week ago she stopped using her box. I looked behind the bedroom door and found several of her waste products.

At night she always slept with me but something happened that I no longer allow her in the house.

One morning I was watching the TV, when Snow came up on the bed and I just could not believe what happened...She stood over my lower leggs and she wet all over my leggs ,blanket and sheets.

I built her a "Lean Too" out on my back portch and under the Lean Too " I placed a large plastic container and I placed a small blanket inside for her.

I of course fed her every day and night..I always stop and pet her when I go outside. She seems to be very happy with the set up.

I asked the vet about Snow and he said she was just "Marking me." Well the hell with that she going to stay out on the portch.

Have any of you had this type of problem ?????

Joe Haris
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margo
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 09:13 pm
Craven
The critter you describe sounds about the same size as the Possum-boss-cat! He's got a major purr, too - but unfortunately, is extremely (and excessively) vocal in other areas. You really know when you've transgressed! Sad
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 22 Mar, 2004 10:15 pm
Joe Harris

Snow was a stray whose lived inside with you for around 10 years? And just recently she's taken to this uncharacteristic behaviour? I'd say something is wrong .... either a physical problem (bladder infection, kidneys?) or for some reason she feels insecure. Maybe a new cat in the neighbourhood is a threat, or it's something else in her environment. (A cat I had sprayed the furniture when another of our cats died - we couldn't find the body, but he knew & was upset. Cats are smart & sensitive.)
If it were me I'd have a thorough check up with a good vet & also investigate her immediate environment for possible threatening changes. No, I wouldn't be putting her outside to punish her .... that would only make her more confused & threatened, after 10 years of living inside. I'd spend a lot of time with her, closely observe her & give her lots of attention ... AND put a few more litter trays around the place till this passes.
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