Maybe he is just one of the quiet purring cats. I have 4 of them, their "motors" as I like to call them, range from very quiet, barely audible, to very loud and can be heard across the room. It could also be the breed of the cat itself, some are louder than others, like the Maine coon for instance, rather loud motors.
Next time your cat is affectionate with you, turn down any appliances that might be making noise, and continue to keep the cat happy, and then listen very close to his head and neck area. I'm sure your kitty does purr, just happens to be one of the quieter breeds. Hope this helps.
Does she meow? If not, then get your cat checked by a vet - it's possible she has laryngitis, or had it, which has done damage to her anatomically.
If she still meows, then the lack of purring could simply be a behavioral problem, and all you can do is keep her happy, and maybe one day she will start purring (and keeping you awake at night). Otherwise, you'll know you still have a happy cat, purrs or not!
My cat is half ferile and does not purr but he meows, I have seen a programme on the telly that says this is common only with half ferile half domestic cats, and has something to do with their hiding from predators in the wild, therefore they make very little noise. No-one really knows why this occurs.
I have two brother cats just over two year old and one purrs madly engine running top speed other one no purrs at all but seems happy and contented
My cat doesn't purr either. It's very frustrating.
My cat has never purred and she is over a year old she also scratches me all the time she gets her claws out even when I cuddle her or tickle her or even stroke her and I am starting to get tired of it now coz she even does it to my 2 year old son and everyone else who trys to touch her she meows but thats it x
My cat is 9 months old. When I first got her she was purring a lot but now when ever I want to pet her or cuddle her she runs away! I don't want to hurt her or anything I want her to purr again! And she scratches me a lot! Please help me!
Pretty simply actually. Cats show happiness thru purr'n. When they are purr'n though...that doesn't mean they aren't happy...that just means they are content w/ they're surroundings. It although is easy to make a cat purr. Scratch his/her back is the #1 way. Scratch his/her neck top/bottom. Cats also sleep a lot...up to 22 hrs a day & can't can't purr while sleeping. When a cat is in deep sleep...theres no purr'n cause just like humans...when we sleep...your subconscience meaning you are alive & breathing but can't control what you do in your sleep. Some people snore. Some people sleep walk. Some people talk in they're sleep (yours truely) ut subconscientiously you know you do these things if you do it long enough. For humans to go into a deep sleep stage it takes 52 minutes...w/ cats its a lot shorter period of time. Ex: Purr'n while sleeping is like a human eating while sleeping. No1 can sleep while they eat unless they are sleep walking. Everything that is subconscience takes over when you sleep. Like right now...my cats are laying next to me on the bed. They aren't purr'n but I know they are comfy & content & relaxed w/ they're environment. Depending on if the cat is female or male. Males are more aggressive so if they aren't happy...they make bite you & may draw blood or claw you like crazy & draw blood. They may also swat or attack your leg or try & bite your face. Females typically will run off because just like human females...they don't like negative confrontation. In short...if they aren't purr'n doesn't mean they aren't happy. They feel safe around you & comfy w/ they're environment & content w/ the surroundings.