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will a cat purr if they are sick?

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will a cat purr if they are sick?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Unfortunately the answer is yes.

While cats purr when they are happy -

I always worry when a very sick cat is purring.

It is a classic sign that something is not right.

For this reason, I would not say that a cat is healthy just because they are purring.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Our kitten died unexpactantly yesterday and now the 5yrs old is vomitting.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
If there is a link - it is going to be something infectious - often viral or bacterial.

I would have the adult cat seen - evaluated - and testing such as fecal test.

Toxins are possible, less likely if they are indoors only.