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Old 08-09-2003, 11:39 PM
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Which animals purr (besides cats)?

I ask because my brother's girlfriend had a pet bat, which would happily purr when petted.

I always thought only cats (and related members of the cat family) purred.

Are there any other animals which purr?
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Old 08-10-2003, 01:55 AM
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Cats are not the only animals that purr. Other nocturnal solitary predators such as civets, mongooses and even hyenas are known to purr occasionally.
Also genets.
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Old 08-10-2003, 02:44 AM
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I have met a few human women and one shar-pei dog who purred when contented.
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Old 08-10-2003, 03:20 AM
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Raccoons
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Old 08-10-2003, 06:42 AM
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Can purring occur in the smaller wild cat species, like lynx, cougar, ocelot and bobcat?
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Old 08-10-2003, 08:07 AM
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Cavers I know have told me that bats will purr when held, but this is entrely anecdotal evidence.
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Old 08-10-2003, 09:18 AM
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Can purring occur in the smaller wild cat species, like lynx, cougar, ocelot and bobcat?
Yes, for all of the above. In fact all cats can purr, however the big cats in genus Panthera can only do so on exhalation ( apparently due to an anatomical difference in the hyoid apparatus ).

'True' purring appears to be limited to the Felidae and Viverridae ( civets, genets, and such ). Their are analogous sounds produced by other mammal groups, but via a different mechanism, so some have argued it should be called something else.

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Old 08-10-2003, 03:52 PM
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Cavers I know have told me that bats will purr when held, but this is entrely anecdotal evidence.
I can confirm this with personal observation.

I don't know if this is the same mechanism as cat purrs (indeed, I don't know what that mechanism is), but is sure feels like purring.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:05 PM
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Guinea-pigs purr. They purr when you rub their backs (unless they are too scared), when they hear the sound of keys or coins rattling, and when they are reunited after being separated for a while. Sometimes they purr when the phone rings.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:21 PM
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A guinea pig's purr sounds and feels very different from a cat's purr, but it's closer to a cat's purr than another other sound or senation I have ever experienced in the animal kingdom.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:22 PM
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Bunnies do!

Many pet rabbits "purr" when they are calm and happy and you pet them the way they like, whatever way that happens to be for the particular bunny. It's actually a noise made by making sort of nibbling motions with their teeth, but it sounds like purring. They make a similar but much louder and more disturbing noise, more like grinding than nibbling, when they're in pain.

BTW, bunnies can also growl. Mine did, usually while also lunging. She scared the crap out of not a few humans, cats, and dogs doing so. Bunnies can also make little grunting or chirping noises if they're excited and happy, usually while running in circles around their favorite human, with pauses to nudge said human to demand petting. Bunnies can be very bossy.
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Old 08-11-2003, 06:02 PM
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I thought my dog purred once. But it was gas.
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Old 08-11-2003, 07:32 PM
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Didn't the giant pink sea snail purr in Dr. Dolittle?
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:49 PM
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Which Animals Purr besides cats?

Elephants purr.
http://science.time.com/2012/08/03/t...ring-elephant/
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:35 PM
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Elephants purr.
I was just going to post this. I was sitting on an elephant while it let loose a long purr after relieving itself.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:40 PM
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Coeurl.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeurl



Of course, Van Vogt describes it as looking like a cat, so what do you expect?




Some of the fiction about the Kzinti talks of them, purring, too

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kzin

The Kinti are also cat-like. I think that any science fiction catlike aliens should be suspected of purring unless proven otherwise.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:48 PM
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What, Cal, no mention of flatcats?

And while it's not true purring, I've personally known at least two dogs who made a purr-like noise when contented (both were raised in a house with multiple cats, and were probably imitating them). Interestingly, the two dogs chose different ways of doing it: The one used a modified growl, while the other used a modified grumble.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:04 PM
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I thought my dog purred once. But it was gas.
I used to have an elderly distant relative who purred after every meal. Gas.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:32 PM
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I thought my dog purred once. But it was gas.
Right, it was the dog that farted, while in another room with the door closed.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:38 PM
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What, Cal, no mention of flatcats?

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Don't recall if flatcats purred.

But, speaking of them, Tribbles definitely do.




They're not cats, but they're what cats would be if they lacked those claw-bearing paws. and the fang-bearing head. and the annoying tail.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:59 AM
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I've personally known at least two dogs who made a purr-like noise when contented (both were raised in a house with multiple cats, and were probably imitating them). Interestingly, the two dogs chose different ways of doing it: The one used a modified growl, while the other used a modified grumble.
Catdogs. I love it.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:59 AM
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Many pet rabbits "purr" when they are calm and happy and you pet them the way they like, whatever way that happens to be for the particular bunny. It's actually a noise made by making sort of nibbling motions with their teeth, but it sounds like purring. They make a similar but much louder and more disturbing noise, more like grinding than nibbling, when they're in pain.

BTW, bunnies can also growl. Mine did, usually while also lunging. She scared the crap out of not a few humans, cats, and dogs doing so. Bunnies can also make little grunting or chirping noises if they're excited and happy, usually while running in circles around their favorite human, with pauses to nudge said human to demand petting. Bunnies can be very bossy.
Pet rats also do the nibbling-purring thing when they are contented. Their eyes also bug out at the same time which can be amusing...
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:41 AM
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Ringtailed lemurs have a purr-like vocalization. Apparently used to indicate contentment.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:36 AM
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Many pet rabbits "purr" when they are calm and happy and you pet them the way they like, whatever way that happens to be for the particular bunny. It's actually a noise made by making sort of nibbling motions with their teeth, but it sounds like purring. They make a similar but much louder and more disturbing noise, more like grinding than nibbling, when they're in pain.

BTW, bunnies can also growl. Mine did, usually while also lunging. She scared the crap out of not a few humans, cats, and dogs doing so. Bunnies can also make little grunting or chirping noises if they're excited and happy, usually while running in circles around their favorite human, with pauses to nudge said human to demand petting. Bunnies can be very bossy.

Bruxing is the term of art, I believe.

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Soft, repetitive grinding of the incisors against each other. Serves the sharpen the incisors and may be given in times of relaxation or stress (Rosales et al 2002, Pohto 1979).
cite: Ratbehavior.org

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Pet rats also do the nibbling-purring thing when they are contented. Their eyes also bug out at the same time which can be amusing...
The eye thing (which appears to be called "boggling") is news to me, though. Youtube has examples.

Interestingly, our pet cockatiels (small parrots) will grind their beaks ("beak crunchies") when they are content (especially when settling down in the evening).
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:04 AM
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I had a doberman who would 'purr' when you pet him.
It would scare people who didn't know him, they thought he was growling.

I would tell them that's not a growl, then I'd slide my arm under his belly and life up his hind legs.
He'd go off on me and I'd say, THIS is a growl.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:41 PM
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Raccoons
Raccoons and skunks churr.

Foxes murr.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:37 PM
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Yes, for all of the above. In fact all cats can purr, however the big cats in genus Panthera can only do so on exhalation ( apparently due to an anatomical difference in the hyoid apparatus ).

'True' purring appears to be limited to the Felidae and Viverridae ( civets, genets, and such ). Their are analogous sounds produced by other mammal groups, but via a different mechanism, so some have argued it should be called something else.

- Tamerlane
What is "true purring," animal-physiologically? (Others up thread I think asked also.)
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