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Unread 08-14-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Default Chirpling? 3rd-Degree Purrns? What is it?

Just wondering if there is a technical term for this behavior:

It's a heightened level of purring that includes almost a loud crooning, fully in time with the cat's breathing or purring; usually coinciding with kneading of paws. Completely different from the chattering that cats sometimes exhibit when stalking prey. It only happens when the cat is in an extreme state of euphoria, verging on ecstasy.

My Sadie does it, albeit rarely, when she crawls under my covers at night and lies down, furiously kneading my side. She does it for a few minutes and then leaves.

My new adoptee Tweetie does it just about every day. When I come home from work, I'll talk to him and he gets all excited and happy. I'll pick him up and cradle him, at which point his purr goes into overdrive, he starts making loud crooning sounds while kneading his paws and licking my face from top to bottom.

It's like a "super-purr" or a purr on steroids (purroids?).

Is there a term for it? It's absolutely endearing, yet not every cat does it. Chubs and Clarice do not do this.
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My Tolly does it, and Ootay (rb 5/09) did it too. Not with every purr session, mind you.

I call Tolly's Trills. I called Ootay's simply "Long Deep Purrs"


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My Harley did it all the time.
Bolan does it too.He also does the licking with it. He is sooo sweet. xxxxx
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Ripley does this too. She has a blanket she's had since she was a kitten which she pads while 'crooning'.
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