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Do big cats like lions or tigers purr?

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In big cats- – lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars- – a length of tough cartilage runs up the hyoid bones to the skull. This feature prevents purring but also gives the larynx enough flexibility to produce a full- throated roar- – 114 decibels' worth in the case of one lion tested. read more

Only one big cat, Cheetahs, purr (in addition to small cats such as lynx, cerval, bobcats, and others) and do it for all the usual feline reasons. Other big cats like lions, tigers, jaguars, and leopards are not able to since the larynx bone is flexible, though they do make many other noises. read more

Both lions and tigers purr when they are with a group, and use the noise to communicate with kittens as well. Like a smaller cat, the purr of large cats may resonate at a frequency which promotes healing, explaining why cats make this sound when they are injured or distressed. read more

Meanwhile, big felines like lions can let out huge roars but never make a simple, happy purr sound. read more