Why Does My Cat Purr So Loud?

You may have wondered why your furry friend purrs so loudly. Is it a sign of happiness or is there something else behind this behavior? Cats are known for their unique ways of communicating with us and purring is just one of the many ways they do so. We will explore the different reasons why cats purr and why some cats may purr louder than others. Understanding your cat’s purring behavior can help deepen your bond with your feline companion and ensure they live their happiest and healthiest lives.

What Is Purring?

Purring is a sound made by some species of cats. It is often heard during friendly interactions, such as when a cat rubs against a human or another cat or when it wants to be petted. Purring may also be heard after a cat eats, indicating that the food tasted good.


The exact mechanism of purring is not fully understood, but it does involve the larynx and diaphragm muscles. Purring usually occurs at about 25 vibrations per second (or Hertz).

Why Does My Cat Purr So Loud?

I can tell you that cats purr for a variety of reasons. However, one common reason why cats purr loudly is because they are content and happy.

When a cat feels relaxed and happy, they will often purr to express their emotions. Purring is a vocalization unique to cats, created by the rapid vibration of their larynx and diaphragm muscles. This vibration produces a low-frequency sound that can be heard and felt by humans and other cats.

Cats may also purr to communicate with their owners or other cats. For example, a cat may purr when hungry or want attention from their owner. Some cats will also purr when they are in pain or feeling anxious as a way of self-soothing.

When it comes to loud purring, some cats are simply more vocal than others. Just like people, cats have unique personalities and preferences, and some cats may be more vocal than others. However, if your cat has suddenly started purring more loudly than usual, it may be a sign that something is wrong.

When Should You Be Concerned About Your Cat’s Purrs?

If your cat has been making loud purring noises for an extended period, you should immediately consult your veterinarian. This can be caused by an underlying medical condition such as heart disease or lung disease which may require immediate attention from your vet to keep your pet healthy and happy!


Cats have a range of purrs, and the tone of their purr can be affected by their mood. If your cat is purring softly, it may mean that they are feeling content and relaxed, but it could also mean that something is wrong. Cats use their purrs as a form of communication—and if your cat is purring softly, it may be because they are in pain or feeling sick.

If your cat’s normal purr has changed from loud to soft, you should immediately take them to the vet.

Why does my cat purr so loud in the morning?

They may be hungry or thirsty, which is why they might be purring more loudly at this time of day—it could be a sign that your cat needs food or water. They may also need some attention from you! Cats are very loyal to their owners and love spending time with them. So if your cat is meowing loudly in the morning, maybe it’s time for some cuddles!

Why does my cat purr so loud when sleeping?

There are a few reasons why your cat might be purring so loudly when she’s sleeping.

One possibility is that she’s dreaming about something and is reliving it in her sleep. Cats often purr in their sleep when they’re dreaming, but if her purring is unusually loud, it could be because she’s having such a vivid dream!

cat purr so loud when sleeping
cat purr so loud when sleeping

Another possibility is that she’s experiencing some pain or discomfort. If you notice that the noise gets louder when you pet her or try to wake her up, this could be an indication that she’s having trouble sleeping due to some kind of discomfort.

Why do cats purr at night?

When it comes to why cats purr at night specifically, there are several possible explanations.

  1. Cats are nocturnal animals, which means they are naturally more active at night. Cats may purr at night to communicate with their owners or other cats in the household, signalling their presence or expressing their contentment.
  2. They may be seeking attention or affection from their owners. Some cats are more social than others and may prefer to spend time with their owners rather than being alone at night.
  3. Some cats may purr at night to self-soothe or calm themselves down. This can be especially true for anxious or stressed cats, as purring has been shown to have a calming effect on the body. By purring at night, cats may be able to soothe themselves and feel more relaxed and comfortable.

Why Do Some Cats Purr Louder?

It all comes down to the size of their larynx—that’s the organ that vibrates to make the purring sound. In general, smaller cats have smaller larynges than larger cats do. The larynx is located in your cat’s throat and is responsible for controlling air flow during vocalization. So if you’re hearing a loud purr from your cat, chances are it has a large larynx and sounds more like a roar than an actual purr.


When do cats start to purr?

Cats start to purr when they are kittens, usually between the age of two weeks and four weeks. Purring is a sign of contentment and happiness in your cat, so if you want to make your cat happy, it’s a good idea to learn how to mimic their purr.

Is my cat purring loudly a good thing?

Yes, it’s a good thing. Your cat is purring loudly because she’s happy and content. If your cat is purring loudly, that means she feels safe and loved, and you can feel good knowing that.

Why does my kitten purr so loud when I pet her?

It could be because she’s so happy to see you that she doesn’t even care about the noise you’re making! It could also be because she’s in pain—for example, if she has a sore paw from playing too hard—and is trying to mask the sound of her discomfort by making it seem like something else, like happiness.


There’s really nothing quite like a purring cat. These soothing sounds create an atmosphere of tranquillity and can relax even the tensest of humans. So if your cat’s vocalizations aren’t enough to satisfy these needs, rest easy knowing that you are doing amazing things for them by petting, caring for, and loving them. That’s a job well done!

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