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Old 06-18-2017, 05:07 PM
 
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While primitive camping in the Ozarks -- I woke up in my tent to the sound of purring -- loud enough to get my attention and wake me up. I didn't move or poke my head out to see what it was. I think Bobcats purr and assumed that's what it was. Do Mountain Lions purr? Maybe he was saying grace before eating?
Bobcats and cougars do purr but they are not considered "big cats". Big cats are lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, etc. and one of the defining characteristics is that they can roar but can't purr.

That being said, they almost never just walk around purring. Sometimes they will purr if they are in pain but not just walking around.
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:09 PM
 
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Off topic, I know, but........


Can big cats be litter trained?


I always wondered when I saw the big cats Siegfried and Roy seemed to keep in and around their home.


Did those lions and tigers just go anywhere or did they have giant litter boxes strategically placed around the premises?
I grew up with cougars, bobcats, and snow leopards in the house they do not use litter boxes.
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:54 PM
 
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I know cheetah's purr. There was an old one at a wild life place in Oregon who would drape herself across your lap and you could have your picture taken with her. She started to purr while she was sitting across our laps. Really vibrated!
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I grew up with cougars, bobcats, and snow leopards in the house they do not use litter boxes.

How did you deal with that? How did Siegfried and Roy deal with that?


I remember one time they had a lion on Johnny Carson. The lion sprayed the entrance curtains, after the commercial the curtains were gone......it smelled that bad! LOL That pee spot was HUGE!
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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Lol, a six or eight pound barn Tom can flat stink up a place. I can only imagine what a 400 pound lion could do. This thread has got me to wondering what the habits of the extinct species of big cats were like. Such as Smilodon (Sabre tooted Tiger) or the European cave lions.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Lots of big cats purring here:

Do big cats roar or purr - or both? - The Wildcat Sanctuary
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:11 PM
 
Location: The High Desert
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Where abouts were you camping? That would freak me out.

I bet no more sleeping that night.
National forest trail south of Rolla between Newburg and Yancy Mills near a small creek that I think flowed into the Little Piney... don't recall the name of the place. It was "out there".
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Old 06-26-2017, 01:23 PM
 
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How did you deal with that? How did Siegfried and Roy deal with that?


I remember one time they had a lion on Johnny Carson. The lion sprayed the entrance curtains, after the commercial the curtains were gone......it smelled that bad! LOL That pee spot was HUGE!
With the exception of a few smaller cats who would use litter boxes, once they were no longer kittens, all the cats moved out to the compound on our property. It was a little over 3 acres with 8 enclosures around a central area with a pool and other enrichment activities that they each got time in, either in groups or alone.

While they did not use litter boxes, they are clean animals and would go in the same spot every day, thought the males would spray.
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Old 06-26-2017, 01:25 PM
 
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I know cheetah's purr. There was an old one at a wild life place in Oregon who would drape herself across your lap and you could have your picture taken with her. She started to purr while she was sitting across our laps. Really vibrated!
Cheetahs are grouped with the other Felinidae (aka small cats) vs Panterinae for just that reason.
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Old 06-26-2017, 01:27 PM
 
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Uhm, their first paragraph says "Contented lions might purr if they could, but they can’t. Only the smaller cats- – not just house cats, but also bobcats, ocelots, lynxes, cougars* and others- – have what it takes to purr."
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