|MadSci Network: Zoology|
Kelleen Flaherty, an associate MadSci volunteer, had a similar question regarding purring.
So Libby, we don’t know what causes an animal to purr, or not to purr but, I wouldn’t take it personally if your pet doesn’t purr and I would be very careful about blaming a veterinarian (not that you did, but you sort-of referred to the vet “incident” so I thought I would respond). I gave many cat baths during my ten years of experience in small animal practice and they are not easy to do.
Regarding the biting, I have a cat the bites me all the time, but I know she loves me. She doesn’t bite my husband, but he doesn’t give her as much attention as I do. A cat that bites isn’t necessarily aggressive, but just wanting attnetion and showing affection in their own way.
Hope this helps.
Janet Hoff, LVT, LATG
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