November 2nd 2013 10:49 am
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Anyone familiar with Saphira's story knows that while she is a unique and delightful feline and an absolute joy to have around, she has one un-feline characteristic: She hardly ever purrs audibly! In the almost two years she has graced our furmily, she has actually been heard to purr maybe five or six times, and most of those have been very quiet gentle almost inaudible purrs. We have always accepted the infrequent purrs as just part of who she is, and since in every other way she is almost purrfect (sorry about the pun!) we never let this bother us.
One of the things that Saphira LOVES is being groomed, if she sees me putting on her grooming glove she will run over to me to have her spots "polished up". I had managed to hide the glove from myself for a couple of months, so when I found it last week (I had hidden it under an astronomy magazine), I immediately went into the living room, where both of our Oci girls love to nap during the day, lots of sunlight through a big bay window and nice comfortable sofa, love seat, and easy chair. Saphira was curled up on the big sofa as usual, so I sat down beside her and started stroking her, and she sure seemed to have missed her grooming sessions, arching her back into the glove as I stroked. Then it happened! That rarely heard sound of Saphira purring! And not just the quiet gentle almost inaudible ones we usually hear, but a nice moderately loud motor revving up! Clearly, her purring systems are working fine, she is just very selective about when she chooses to use them. Why she does not do it more often remains a mystery, as she seems such a contented kitty most of the time and like most Ocis she just loves being around her humans.
Just one more delightful enigma about this most wonderful feline companion and family member!
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Purr away Saphira!