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how come cats purr


Purr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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** Purr **

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For other uses, see Purr (disambiguation).


A domestic cat purring
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A different domestic cat purring
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Different cats can sound somewhat different when purring.
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Purring and meowing
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Domestic cat purring mixed with pronounced meowing
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Guinea pig producing purring-like sound
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This sound is made when the guinea pig is enjoying itself, such as when
being petted or held. They may also make this sound when grooming, crawling
around to investigate a new place, or when given food.
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A *purr* is a sound made by all species of felids and is a part of cat
communication. It varies between cats (for example by loudness and tone),
and from species to species, but can be characterized as a tonal buzzing.

The term "purring" has been used liberally in literature, and it has been
claimed that viverrids (civet, mongoose, genet), bears, badgers, hyaenas
(et cetera) purr. Other animals that have been said to purr


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purr

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