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“Inappropriate Purring” – Incorrect Terminology — 8 Comments

  1. My sister’s elderly cat Kobe recently passed away. She called me from work and asked if I would check in him as she was very worried about him. I went up and found him in distress huddled in the bathtub wailing. I grabbed a blanket, wrapped him in it and put him on my lap to get him warm. He slept then until I had to leave to teach a couple K5 music classes at my morning school. I spent all of my very long break between schools holding him while searching for home euthanasia services on my iPhone. He purred then. I could feel the vibration against my leg. I think he was comforting himself. He was awake and alert and purring, but from the way he was sitting he seemed to be in pain. So perhaps the purr was to help decrease the pain or perhaps it was a thank you to me, for giving him a warm lap and getting him out of the bathtub when he was confused. I don’t know how he had even gotten in there as his back leg seemed to not be totally under his control. I thought at the time he had hurt it but now I think he had a stroke. We spent a lot of time holding him before the end but he never purred again and he expired three minutes before the euthanasia vet arrived. I wish Jen could have experienced his last purr, but she was working at the time. The purr comforted me. Not because I thought he was content. He was confused and in pain. It just was comforting to feel that vibration against my leg.

  2. Cats purr for a plethora of different of reasons. saying that he/she purrs to block undesirable noises is like saying a dog barks to achieve the same effect-to block out sounds it dislikes?

    Also, just because a dog wags it’s tail, does not always mean he is in a good mood. the animal may be injured and afraid.And people in the know will tell you that a sick or distressed often purrs. this is part of their makeup; their voice.
    Eight out of ten cats will begin purring at the vets. office, & most are not happy or look forward to their next visit. Again-this behavior doesn’t mean an animal isn’t grateful for compassionate and attentive medical care.


  3. I must recommend “The Great Purr” by Catherine Holm. It tells the “real” reason cats purr, communicated to us by cats. You may feel a resonance with this tale, as a window a world that we don’t understand, ours and theirs.

    I would love to see this made into a film, and I’ve seen other reviews that say the same thing. This could be a huge money maker if done by a famous and savvy producer. A percentage of the funds could be used to help support shelters.

    I’m in search of producers that I could pitch this story to.
    It’s time to recognize cats as mis-understood “Masters of the Universe.”

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