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#32882 - 01/03/05 08:31 AM Purring

I've heard people talking about their gliders purring especially when they pet them. Mine have never done this, keep in mind I just got three new ones that aren't the keenest on having me pet them (I'm working on it <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> ), but Chip cuddles with me all the time. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nixweiss.gif" alt="" /> Do all gliders purr or do just some of them?

#32883 - 01/03/05 09:54 AM Re: Purring [Re: ]

Gliders are capable of a wide variety of vocalizations.

The "purr" can be found here:

It's often very faint which is perhaps why you may not have heard it from your little guys. It's somewhat different than a cat's purr, I find. The beats in the glider purr are much slower and more spaced out than the cat's purr. It's rather gentle and sort of sounds like a heart beat. You may notice your glider making this or similar sounds while it's eating it's favourite food, also. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/multi.gif" alt="" />

Mine does it every morning to greet me or whenever I move my hand into his sleeping pouch. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/agree.gif" alt="" />My Dante's greet is standard - he'll start to purr as he begins by giving me kisses or grooming me (or simply licking my salty-tasting hands... I haven't decided which one it is yet, but I'd like to fancy he was kissing or grooming me) for several minutes; he'll stick a scheduled bite or two here and there to get me to play; then he'll crawl up into a ball in my palm to sleep for the next few hours (sometimes he'll be in mid-play and he'll sleep in whatever position he was in at that moment, arms out and everything!.. lol). That's when the purring stops.

Though my glider now does this, my last female glider, not fully bonded, never purred, but she did make some similar and more interesting sounds. I suppose it depends on the glider. Perhaps to some gliders purring is synonymous to other sounds like "chitting" or quiet "hissing".

Just listen closely the next time you all interact. Listen as they interact with eachother, too. Their language system is quite distinct.

Mikey <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dance.gif" alt="" />

#32884 - 01/03/05 10:50 AM Re: Purring [Re: ]
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I love the purring. I think it is their sweetest sound. Mine are so quiet I can only hear them if they are right by my ear. To me it is a sound of pure contentment. Melts me every time. Give your babies lots of time to build their trust and bond and I hope the day comes when you hear that sweet purr.
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#32885 - 01/03/05 05:12 PM Re: Purring [Re: ]

I think this is the sound I was worried about a few weeks after I first got Peepers. I didn't realize it was on Bourbon's sound page at the time. It sounded like a clicking to me and I was afraid it was liquid in her lungs. But she only did it when she was either sleeping in my bra or just contentedly curled up. I could barely hear it, but it does sound like the purr on Bourbon's sounds page. It was suggested that I may be hearing the purr, but I didn't think it sounded anything like a cat's purr because it's not really a rumble or motor sound, but a slower clicking. She still does it sometimes, and it's been months, so I no longer worry she has pneumonia. I actually took her to the vet for it, but of course she didn't do it when we were there, so that turned into just a well check that we needed to do anyway. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

#32886 - 01/03/05 06:24 PM Re: Purring [Re: ]

do they kind of vibrate when they make the purring sound

#32887 - 01/03/05 07:01 PM Re: Purring [Re: ]

Yea, sometimes they do vibrate. Actually, I haven't decided yet if the purring is a result of a swallowing reflex, or something similar. I believe a cat's purr is caused by the vibration of a bone-like structure in the throat, but I've noticed that when my glider is eating or licking something, he makes the noise, and the beats of the purr happen at the brief moments when the glider has ceased licking or chewing... so it seemed to me that perhaps the purring sound was a direct result of swallowing. Ofcourse, it was also possible that the animal was purring while swallowing... or it was also possible that when gliders are content or are enjoying themselves the glider naturally undergoes the swallow reflex, as a normal phsysiological response (e.g. when you salivate at the moment you think of something sour, or sweat when you're embarrassed). Who knows?

Anyway, to answer the above post, whether it's because of swallowing or whatever, mine often will vibrate while purring... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Mikey <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dance.gif" alt="" />

#32888 - 01/04/05 12:36 AM Re: Purring [Re: ]

When I pet Chip she makes a very soft clicking sound but the clicks are short and spread out. It doesn't sound like the purr on Bourbon's page. Maybe I'll hold her up to my ear the next time I'm petting her. Thanks for all the help <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

#32889 - 01/04/05 11:38 AM Re: Purring [Re: ]

Keeva constantly vibrates in her pouch if I wake her up, pet her, or talk to her while she is sleeping. I've never herd her make a sound, but she vibrates all the time, since the first day I had her. the breeder said its just telling me she knows who has her and she's happy???
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