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  • Purring: Does your cat drive a hard bargain?

    What do you have to do in order to get a decent purr from your cat?

    Most of the time, mine is "purr by remote control." I can just look at her and she purrs. No need to make your arm tired.

    Of course, a purring cat is an irresistible invitation to petting 'em.

    Do other cats require much more effort? Have you reformed a reluctant purr-er?
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat

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    If I so much as look at my cat he purrs. He is a motor mouth and extremelly loud about it.

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    • #3
      Goose purrs anytime he's near me. He likes to get right up in my face and purr when I'm sleeping.. like I'm going to wake up and pet him (ok.. sometimes I do!).

      Shmee on the other hand needs a good scratch in just the right place for it to be purr-worthy.
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      • #4
        All of mine just need to be petted for a purr. I used to think Oliver didn't purr but he does - it just makes nearly no sound. You have to have your hand on his throat to feel it. I used to think he was aloof/didn't love me. I know better now!
        What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

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        • #5
          Four of five indoors are pretty purr-easy. They will up the volume if ears scratched, but they will purr at any attention or even a look.

          The exception (naturally) is HRH Rosalind. She has a great purr, but she does not bargain. She only purrs when she chooses to. Now, her occasions for choosing to do almost exclusively involve being on me. But I cannot "make" her purr. Her choice to put the switch off or on, and the paw on that switch is hers, not mine.

          I have never in my life heard her purr in any proximity to anybody else. Rosalind, I think, really would be quite happy if the rest of the human and feline races would all go jump in the lake and leave the two of us alone in the world. Her idea of paradise. Others of whatever ilk are only disruptive and don't add much.

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          • #6
            I think that one of mine never stops purring - every time I'm near him I can hear him! The other 3 usually purr while we are petting them, but it doesn't take much petting. I've had cats in the past that took rubbing in the exact right spot to get that motor running.
            “Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It is a grand passion.” ~Emerson

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            • #7
              Molly has developed a most lovely purr - if I look at her, I get purr When she let's me snuggle her, I get purr. I love kitty purr! Murphy (RIP) had the BEST purr - so loud and easy to incite. Maggie (RIP) started quietly and only rarely purred loudly. If you could hear it, you felt very rewarded as she didn't do it often.
              ~* Be kind to one another *~

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                The ones with quiet purrs! They are so lucky to have owners like you guys who will "keep the faith" that if a cat looks happy, it might just be purring.

                Since I have one of those "remote control" purrers, I feel guilty if I don't follow the inciting look with some actual attention. So it's very rare that the cat only gets a kind look, gives me a purr and then gets Nothing.

                Do you guys do this, too?
                The armchair saddler
                Politically Pro-Cat

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                • #9
                  I miss kitty purrs I have one that just doesn't purr. At least not audibly. Her brother doesn't either. This girl is a touch me not and I ended up adopting her after fostering her for over a year! After nearly 1.5 years she is becoming much more loveable, but I've only witnessed that inaudible purr about 3times. You can tell by her breathing that she's purring, you just can't hear it. Not that she is more willing to receive attention, I'm hoping to get some kitty love and silent purring in return.

                  Oh how much I miss that loud purring of my old girl

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mvp View Post
                    Do you guys do this, too?
                    I do! The purr is usually accompanied by either rolling over and looking at me sweetly or sitting with a head tilt. I can't resist kittiness (especially with this 'new' one - I've had her 4 months and I cannot resist her kitty cuteness - I am POWERLESS)
                    ~* Be kind to one another *~

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                    • #11
                      Skittles - Siamese boy which means he has an opinion on EVERYTHING and voices it loud and clear. He drives a really hard bargain for a purr and will only purr for DH. *eye roll* he acknowledges I exist and on rare occasion will curl up for snuggle with me but won't purr no matter how much I stroke.
                      Kid- Orange, a Siamese cross (full brother to Skittles) and therefore a purr slut. He'll remote control purr as well as purr at the slightest stroke. He's a quiet purr and meow.
                      Tuffie- Orange and the cutest kitten ever! Not only does he remote purr but he's got the loudest motor I've ever heard. His favorite is to curl around your head while you are sleeping and purr. He's also my snuggle bunny as he'll sleep with you and is always game for a cuddle.
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                      Originally Posted by alicen:
                      What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.

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