The Maine Coons is a large and beautiful cat with a sweet, quiet disposition. They’re not known for being the most demanding or loud cats. So, does this mean Maine Coons don’t purr, meow, chirp, and trill like other cats? Absolutely not. Just because Maine Coons aren’t typically that loud, they certainly can purr—and loudly, if all Maine Coons are anything like the ones on YouTube!
Many Maine Coons are vocal in a quiet sort of way. They tend to communicate with purrs, chirps, and trills rather than piercing meows, though they can amp up the volume if they want something. In this post, we’ll explore why Maine Coons purr and what each of their various vocalizations means.
Why Do Cats Purr?
Cats purr for a variety of reasons. One of these is to express happiness and relaxation, but, though we tend to associate a cat’s purr with contentment, they sometimes purr as a soothing mechanism when they’re in pain. Scientists believe this is because the vibrations associated with purring have a healing and relaxing effect on the body.
When hungry, your cat may purr and meow at you simultaneously to get your attention. Mother cats also purr to bond with their kittens and relax them.
Why Does My Maine Coon Chatter and Chirp So Much?
Though Maine Coons are known for having soft, quiet voices, they’re also reputed to chatter and chirp quite a lot. Cats chatter to express excitement and overstimulation, and you’ve likely heard your Maine Coon doing it while they sit next to the window watching the birds. This is because they’re equal parts excited and equal parts frustrated that they can’t catch whatever’s out there!
Chirping is a vocalization mother cats make to get their kittens to follow them. If your Maine Coon chirps at you, they’re likely after your attention or looking for a tasty snack. They might also chirp to greet you when you come downstairs in the morning or return from work.
My Maine Coon Doesn’t Purr—Is Something Wrong?
If your Maine Coon is otherwise happy and healthy, there’s likely nothing abnormal about their not purring. Some cats purr all the time and some cats hardly ever purr—it’s usually just part of their personality.
Your Maine Coon might communicate with you and show affection in other ways like bumping their head against you, asking to be petted, rolling on their back, or chirping at you. Not being a big purrer doesn’t mean they don’t like you or that they’re unhappy.
In some cases, not purring can be a symptom of a respiratory condition or a problem with their vocal cords. If your typically purry cat has stopped purring recently or seems otherwise unwell in any way, you might want to get them checked out by a vet to make sure they’re okay.
Are Maine Coons Good Pets?
Maine Coons make wonderful pets! Their hearts are big just like their bodies and they’ve got plenty of love to share. Some of the words and phrases frequently used to describe Maine Coons are:
- Quietly vocal
- Loving but not super clingy
In short, Maine Coons most certainly can and do purr. These sweet-natured cats are known for their adorable chirps, chatterings, and, in some cases, engine-like purrs. It’s normal for some cats to rarely purr—there are several forms of cat communication—but if your Maine Coon has suddenly stopped purring or vocalizing as they once did, it’s a good idea to check this out with your vet.
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