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Cats only purr when they're happy. Animal fact or fiction?

Click the button next to your choice. Then, click the "GO" button to see how you did.

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Fiction

Nope, sorry! Most people think that cats purr only when they're happy. Happiness is only one reason they purr. Cats also will purr when in extreme pain, frightened or stressed. Cat purrs can range from a deep rumble to a raspy, broken sound, to a high-pitched trill, depending on the cat's physiology and/or mood.

Another thing that a lot of people don't know. Big cats can purr, too just not the same way small cats purr. They can only purr when breathing out--making a sound referred to by zookeepers as a "chuffle".

Click the "play" buttons below to hear the difference between a big cat purr and a small cat purr.

Tiger Purr

Domestic Cat Purr

Click here to find out how cats purr.

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You're right! Good job! Cats purr for a variety of reasons. As you probably know, cats will purr not only when they're happy, but also when in extreme pain, frightened or stressed. Cat purrs can range from a deep rumble to a raspy, broken sound, to a high-pitched trill, depending on the cat's physiology and/or mood.

Another thing that a lot of people don't know. Big cats can purr, too just not the same way small cats purr. They can only purr when breathing out--making a sound referred to by zookeepers as a "chuffle".

Click the "play" buttons below to hear the difference between a big cat purr and a small cat purr.

Tiger Purr

Domestic Cat Purr

Click here to find out how cats purr.

[ More Animal Fact or Fiction ]