We rescued a cat 2 months ago he had diarrhea and a few other issues but now he's fine and has adapted to our home wonderfully. He doesn't like sitting on my lap but is very affectionate on his own terms. There's a thing however that puzzles me. I realized I never heard him purr!! Is that possible that some cats don't purr? Can they learn to purr?
Some cats don't purr as loudly as others, and some don't at all. I've had cats who purr constantly, all the time, and ones who don't at all. Purring isn't something they learn, it's natural. Don't worry if he doesn't purr - he's just as happy as cats who do!
boyquailSome cats don't purr as loudly as others
Indeed this skill is so different in them! I've known cats who I could hear from the opposite corner of the room, and with some cats it's difficult to hear their purring unless you press your ear against the cat's body. Emotion: giggle
Just accept your cat as he is, purring or not. I'm sure his gratitude to you won't be less, and he'll find other ways to express his affection. I don't think cats that don't purr naturally can learn to.
AnonymousWe rescued a cat 2 months ago he had diarrhea and a few other issues but now he's fine and has adapted to our home wonderfully. He doesn't like sitting on my lap but is very affectionate on his own terms. There's a thing however that puzzles me. I realized I never heard him purr!! Is that possible that some cats don't purr? Can they learn to purr?
Our daughters surprised us with Ocicat for Christmas in 2011. Saphira was a bit over two years old at the time and was being retired from breeding. Although we had never even heard of an Ocicat at the time and were not expecting to add a cat to our family, it took about two days for us to fall totally in love with her and the breed. Like most Ocis, she is very bonded with her people, following us all over the house and always sleeping in bed with us, loves to play fetch with us. Very well behaved, stays off the kitchen counter, rarely wakes us up at night, and perfect about using her litter box.

One thing this wonderful kitty is NOT into, and that is purring! We know she CAN purr, we have both heard her on rare occasions. Between the two of us, we have heard her purr maybe six times in over three years. We just accept this as her little quirk, and against all the wonderful things about her and all the joy brings into our lives, it is SO minor!
I also knew cats that didn't purr. Might have something to do with the time they took him away from his mother?