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Thread: She's starting to lose her purr?

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    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Sacramento CA

    She's starting to lose her purr?

    Hi, My calico kitty, Julie, is at least ten years old and probably as much as 12-15 years old. She was an adult stray and has been with me since Thanksgiving 1994.

    Lately I have noticed that sometimes she has a hard time purring. She makes a sort of squeaky rusty sound. Mostly when she does this, she succeeds in starting a regular purr after a little while. But the other day, for the first time, she could not get her purr started at all.

    Most of the time, Julie purrs quite normally without any problems. But I have noticed this "rusty purr" problem increasing as she gets older. She is quite normal in every other way, however.

    Has anyone else noticed this "rusty purr" problem with their cats? Is it something I should be concerned about?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Take care,
    MARTHA and Julie ("meow")
    The California Calico Princess
    MARTHA and Chloe
    My Sweet Tortie Posy
    (and a real Nosy Parker to boot)

    IN MEMORIAM 3-29-07
    Julie the California Calico Princess
    "I'll be seeing you over the rainbow..."

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    My 16 year old has the same problem, actually. I think it's honestly just an old age thing, but I'd check with your vet just to make sure it's not something respiratory manifesting itself in kitty's purr.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    New Zealand
    Yes I have noticed both my cats have this kinda of purr now and then , especially my older one, neither of my cats are ill at all and very healthy, personally I think they just get phlegm (sp) just as we humans do and that is probably why they sound a little on the croaky side at times.
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    RIP my gorgeous Sooti, taken from us far too young, we miss your beautiful face and purssonality,take care of Ash for us, love you xx000

    RIP my beautiful Ash,your pawprints are forever in my heart, love and miss you so much my big boy. (very special thanks to Alysser for my cute siggy)

    RIP my sweet gorgeous girl Ellie-Mae, a little battler to the end, you will never ever be forgotten, your little soul is forever in my heart, my thoughts, my memories, my love for you will never die, Love you my darling little precious girl.

    RIP my beautiful Lexie, 15 years of unconditional love you gave us, we loved you so much, and miss you more than words can say.

    RIP lil Benson the Hedgehog, came in to our lives suddenly and for a short time ,but you were loved and cared for and missed.

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