Although the purr is the vibratory sound par excellence with which our cats express their affection, fear or pain, we can also find kittens that never managed to produce this sound or purred for a while and then stopped doing it. But what is the cause of this uniqueness?
Through his YouTube portal "Pets and Happy Families", veterinarian Carlos Gómez explains that although purring is a common sound in most cats, there are felines that only use this form of communication to attract attention of your human and get a specific reward. "There are cats who learn that this characteristic sound is irresistible to us and that it leads us to do things for them, such as getting out of bed to serve them their food"
The expert adds that there are felines that substitute meows for purrs. So it is likely that this cat purred only at the times that he deems appropriate.
On the other hand, if your cat has never purred it can respond to its specific temperament. In that case, the feline will look for another obvious way to show you affection or get your attention. "He may lick you, look at you deeply, touch you with his paw or rub against you," says the vet.
In that sense, if it is an introverted cat that does not purr or, on the contrary, purrs but does so in a very low, almost imperceptible way, the specialist recommended not to be alarmed and remember that all felines have a well-marked personality and in Based on this, they relate to the environment and to their human family.
Most common reasons for a cat not purring
In the same way, the veterinarian Carlos Gómez advised paying close attention to the changes that are accompanied by a cat that purred frequently and from one moment to another stopped producing the sound. This first sign, followed by carelessness in its coat (it does not groom itself constantly), decrease in the time of eating, drinking water and urinating, are important indications that something is not right. In that case, the best thing to do is take him to a veterinarian.
It can also happen that if the cat suffered a strong episode of stress, especially in its first weeks of life, it is likely that it inhibits its purrs. "It must be remembered that the purr is the highest expression of happiness and satisfaction for a cat," emphasizes the expert.
Another factor that can influence the purr of a pussycat is a disease called laryngeal paralysis, which most frequently has dyspnea, changes and loss of the meow or purr as symptoms. It should be remembered that the purr comes from the vibration of the muscles of the larynx.
The most important thing to detect any change in our feline in time is to observe and know the habits and forms of expression of our cat companion.