Who knows what a purr is really all about?
If my cat is purring and I leave her alone, I feel a bit guilty.
If your cat is purring, and you fail to pet her,
does it hurt her feelings?
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Suddenly, without warning, Mark Earnest exclaimed (2/6/2010 6:12 PM):
Who knows what a purr is really all about? If my cat is purring and I leave her alone, I feel a bit guilty. If your cat is purring, and you fail to pet her, does it hurt her feelings?

Pretty much, if I fail to pet my cat when an opportunity presents itself, it hurts her feelings. She can give such a LOOK - grandmas have nothing on her!
Actually, I'm pretty sure in her world, I am only here to pet her, provide a lap, feed her, and clean the litterbox. Pretty much in that order Emotion: smile
I love my cat. I think she loves me too, but who can tell? Emotion: smile

jmc
Who knows what a purr is really all about? If my cat is purring and I leave her alone, I feel a bit guilty. If your cat is purring, and you fail to pet her, does it hurt her feelings?

I doubt it. My cats purr when contented. When they want something, they "meow" and pester me.
Who knows what a purr is really all about? If ... you fail to pet her, does it hurt her feelings?

I doubt it. My cats purr when contented. When they want something, they "meow" and pester me.

Same thing here. Angie is a very vocal cat. When she wants something (For example, she's a milk hound!) she meows very loudly, it's a very plaintive cry.
But when she's curled up on my lap or belly, the purring commences.
I doubt it. My cats purr when contented. When they want something, they "meow" and pester me.

Same thing here. Angie is a very vocal cat. When she wants something (For example, she's a milk hound!) she meows very loudly, it's a very plaintive cry. But when she's curled up on my lap or belly, the purring commences.

Cats purr when giving birth.
(This followup was posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav and a copy was sent to the cited author.)
Cats purr when giving birth.

I've never had an un-neutered cat so I wouldn't know.
Cats purr when giving birth.

I've never had an un-neutered cat so I wouldn't know.

Then I am glad to enlighten you. I have adopted two pregnant strays whom I kept and spayed after finding their kittens (also neutered) homes. Any vet will tell you that purring is a sign of emotion. The emotion might be negative or positive.
Suddenly, without warning, Mark Earnest exclaimed (2/6/2010 6:12 PM):

Who knows what a purr is really all about? If ... you fail to pet her, does it hurt her feelings?

Pretty much, if I fail to pet my cat when an opportunity presents itself, it hurts her feelings. She can ... much in that order Emotion: smile I love my cat. I think she loves me too, but who can tell? Emotion: smile

Sure cats are hurt whenever they purr and you don't love them back. Anyone that doesn't know cats can love don't know what love is to begin with.
Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:38:52 -0600 from Mark Earnest
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Sure cats are hurt whenever they purr and you don't love them back. Anyone that doesn't know cats can love don't know what love is to begin with.

Sentimental twaddle.
Cats are out for themselves. Through the luck of the evolutionary draw, their natural behavior (snuggling, purring) mimics affection in the eyes of us, their humans, but it's not love.
It's really an excellent example of symbiosis. They have managed to fill a niche in our houses without being expected to do tricks, like dogs.
Don't get me wrong I love cats in general and mine in particular. But I have no illusion that he has similar feelings for me.

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