It’s been likened to “the sound of a small motorcycle?” Or as someone else put it, “house cat purrs like a lawnmower, this purr sounds like a v8 diesel engine!”
But really it is neither of these things, it is a sound completely unique to the species that makes it. And I love it!
That beautiful rumble is the sound of a Bobcat purring, and as the headline says, there is nothing else quite like it. At least in the feline world. The Bobcat in question is Benji, I posted an article on him earlier this week, you can find it here. Sad but well worth reading as it poses a lot of questions on having an exotic pet. First of all, whether we should own them, and when and whether the state should just come in and remove them? As in some cases, I think they should.
But here Benji is purring, he is one happy kitty, receiving lots of love and attention from George. And listen to that purr! The Bobcat sound of pure happiness.
Bobcats are members of the Felidae family, many of which can purr just like our domestic cats. Those that can include, Bobcat, Cheetah, Eurasian Lynx, Puma, and Wild Cat. Interestingly though members of the Patherinae subfamily, like Lion, Leopard, Jaguar, Tiger, Snow Leopard, and Clouded Leopard exhibit purr like vocalizations, but it is not considered true purring.
The fascinating thing about purring is that it is produced through the entire respiratory cycle, both while inhaling and while exhaling. The sound is now thought to be produced when cats vibrate the muscles around their larynx. And while yes, they do it when they are happy and content, they also do it sometimes when in pain or stressed.
This could mean it is also used as a natural healing and or calming mechanism. Used to relieve stress, heal wounds, and possibly to relieve pain. You can find a link to this theory of Dr. Elizabeth Von Muggenthaler’s here: it’s an interesting read.
Meanwhile, sit back and relax as you watch and listen to the very special sound of a Bobcat purring here: