I looked all over the net, but I couldn't find the answer.

My cats sometime do this weird nose without using their lips. it's cute and funny.

The sound comes out from the throat as if they are humming. It's like the "pigeons" voice but sharper (Pigeons sound)

Is there a name for that?

  • it is hard to understand what you are asking but here is a link to some cat sounds youtube.com/watch?v=wMTQqQmJkGA i guess it is the chirping(chatter)sound you are asking about,please clarify and edit it into your question. Nov 23 '18 at 19:06
  • I think it's purring @trondhansen
    – Sonevol
    Nov 23 '18 at 19:08
  • no no no it's more than purring. IT's like the pigeon sound. I can hear it. As if they are singing
    – Hanito
    Nov 23 '18 at 19:09
  • check 0:59 of youtube.com/watch?v=7_zKkBKu1fs
    – Hanito
    Nov 23 '18 at 19:10

It's called "purring" I guess. Not only domestic cats but many other cat species do it as well.

It is most commonly done when the cat is feeling special by you, like you are giving her care like a baby, the cat is very happy with you at the moment, and she expresses that she is very happy with you by "purring".

Not all cat do it, also some do it less, some do it more. It also differs from one cat breed to another.

Below is an excellent youtube video about "purring":


Also scientists say that cat "purring" is an excellent anti-depressant and a medicine for general mental health.


  • at 0:59 that's it!!!! it's purring but more than purring lolololol. so it's purring but with a higher tone. Still purring tho. I thought that it has another name
    – Hanito
    Nov 23 '18 at 19:07

I know the sound you mean. My Tortie cat makes the sound too when she's happy that I'm home. I call it "chirping". But I don't know if it has a more official name. I think the pigeon sound is called "cooing". So you could call it "cooing" when your kitty does it.

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